There's not a star whose twinkling light

There's not a star whose twinkling light

Author: James Cowden Wallace
Tune: THERE'S NOT A STAR
Published in 68 hymnals

Author: James Cowden Wallace

Wallace, James Cowden, was born at Dudley, circa 1793. He was brother of the Rev. Robert Wallace (1791-1880), Professor of Theology in Manchester New College, and author of Antitrinitarian Biography. J. C. Wallace was Unitarian minister at Totnes, 1824, and afterwards at Brighton and Wareham. He died at Wareham in 1841. He was a prolific hymnwriter, and contributed various other poetical pieces to the Monthly Repository. In a Selection of Hymns for Unitarian Worship, by R. Wallace, Chesterfield, 1822, there are 13 of his hymns, and in the 2nd edition of the same, 1826, there are 29 more. There are also 10 of his hymns in the Dukinfield Selection of Psalms & Hymns for Christian Worship, 1822 (still in use), and 64 in Beard's Collection of H… Go to person page >

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First Line: There's not a star whose twinkling light
Author: James Cowden Wallace

Notes

There's not a star whose twinkling light. J. C. Wallace. [God seen in Nature.] This hymn appeared in A Supplement to the 4th edition of Robert Aspland's Selection of Psalms and Hymns for Unitarian Worship, London: Rowland Hunter, 1825, No. 48, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The Creator seen in his Works." As it has undergone rearrangement and enlargement, we give the opening line of each stanza:—

Stanza i. “There's not a star whose twinkling light."
Stanza ii. "There's not a cloud whose dews distil."
Stanza iii. "There's not a place in earth's vast round.”
Stanza iv. “Around, beneath, below, above."
Stanza v, “Then rise, my soul! and sing His name."
In J. R. Beard's Unitarian Collection of Hymns, &c, Lond.: J. Green, 1837, to which Mr. Wallace contributed more than sixty hymns, this hymn was given in 6 stanzas, and is rearranged thus:—

i. "There's not a place." ii. "There's not of grass." iii. "There's not a tempest." iv. “There's not a star." v. "Around, beneath." vi. "Then rise, my soul."
In the new edition of Mr. Beard's Collection, 1860, another arrangement with changes is introduced, which leaves the hymn thus:—

i. “There's not a tint that paints the rose." ii. "At early dawn." iii. "There's not of grass." iv. "There's not a tempest" v. " There's not a star." vi. "There's not a cloud." vii. "There's not a place." viii. "Around, beneath." ix. "Then rise, my soul."
From these outlines the construction of the hymns, "There's not a place," &c, and "There's not a tint," &c, as in Curwen's Child’s Own Hymn Book, Major's Book of Praise, the Methodist Sunday School Hymn Book and many others, including American collections, may easily be traced, and a reference to Aspland's and Beard's works, as above, will correct the text. In Major's Book of Praise for Home & School the author is said to be John Aikman Wallace, and in the Prim. Methodist Sunday School Hymn Book, 1879, Heber, but both are in error.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Instances (1 - 68 of 68)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Collection of Hymns for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America #d517
A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ: taken from the most approved authors, and adapted to public and private worship #26Page Scan
A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America. #11Page Scan
A Manual of Devotion and Hymns for the House of Refuge, City of New York #25Page Scan
Christian Praise: a manual of worship for public, social and private devotion #107Page Scan
Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d906
Church Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for the use of Congregations #243Page Scan
General Baptist Hymn Book #d469
Glad Tidings: New Hymns and Tunes for Sunday Schools #d89
Grammar School Hymn Book #d263
Hymnal and Ritual Services for the Union Gospel Church #d103
Hymns and Poetry for the Young #d127
Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d426
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #122Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #122Page Scan
Hymns for Public Worship #249Page Scan
Hymns for Sunday Schools, Youth and Children #300Page Scan
Hymns for the Use of the Brethren in Christ #d499
Hymns, Selected and Original, for Sunday Schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church #d435
Jubilant Voices #d195
Liturgy and Hymns for Sunday Schools #d167
Mission Songs: a collection of hymns and music, designed for Sabbath schools #152Page Scan
Ocean Melodies, and Seamen's Companion: a collection of hymns and music; for the use of Bethels, Chaplains of the Navy and private devotion of Mariners #93aPage Scan
Prayers and Hymns for the Church and the Home #d695
Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected. (7th ed.) #S4Page Scan
Sabbath School Songs #27bPage Scan
Sabbath Songs #d166
Schools Lyrics #d213
Songs for Social and Public Worship #446Page Scan
Songs for Social and Public Worship #471Page Scan
Songs for Sunday Schools and Gospel Meetings #26Page Scan
Songs for the School #d165
Songs of Christian Praise with Music #d554
Songs of Joy #d121
Sunday School Hymn Book #d160
Sunday-School Hymns #54Page Scan
The American Vocalist: a selection of tunes, anthems, sentences, and hymns, old and new: designed for the church, the vestry, or the parlor; adapted to every variety of metre in common use. (Rev. ed.) #303aPage Scan
The Baptist Praise Book #180Page Scan
The Baptist Psalmody: a selection of hymns for the worship of God #37Page Scan
The Canadian Warbler #d157
The Casket of Sunday School Melodies, Complete. Compiled from Caskets Nos.1 and 2 with Several Additional Pieces #d176
The Child's Pocket Companion, Being a Selection of Choice Hymns for Sabbath School, with an Analysis to Most of Them #d62
The Christian hymnal: a collection of hymns and tunes for congregational and social worship; in two parts (Rev.) #291Page Scan
The Christian Melodist: a new collection of hymns for social religious worship #333Page Scan
The Eclectic Sabbath School Hymn Book #197Page Scan
The Harmoniad and Sacred Melodist #d134
The Harp #1Page Scan
The Jubilee Harp: a choice selection of psalmody, ancient and modern, designed for use in public and social worship #764Page Scan
The New Baptist Psalmist and Tune Book: for churches and Sunday-schools #6Page Scan
The Polyphonic; or Juvenile Choralist; containing a great variety of music and hymns, both new & old, designed for schools and youth #61bPage Scan
The Psalmist: a new collection of hymns for the use of Baptist churches; with a supplement #126Page Scan
The Psalmist: a New Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Baptist Churches #126Page Scan
The Psalmody: a collection of hymns for public and social worship #144Page Scan
The Public School Hymnal, for the Use of High Schools and Seminaries. New and enl. ed. #d244
The Public School Hymnal: for the use of high schools and seminaries #105Page Scan
The Sabbath School Gem #d96
The Sabbath School Singing Book #d64
The Sacred Lyre: a new collection of hymns and tunes, for social and family worship #49Page Scan
The School Hymn and Tune Book #d187
The School Hymn-Book: for normal, high, and grammar schools #152Page Scan
The Southern Psalmist #d823
The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d867
The Spirit Minstrel. 2nd ed. #d86
The Star of the East #d181
The Sunday School Liturgy. (4th ed.) #34Page Scan
Union Hymns. Rev. #d388
Union Hymns. Rev. #d401
Zion's Hymns, for the Use of the Original Free-Will Baptist Church of North Carolina #d262



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