MAITLAND (Allen)

Composer (attributed to): George N. Allen

George Nelson Allen (1812-1871), studied at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Oh and with Lowell Mason in Boston. Allen gave a strong musical foundation to Oberlin College in its earliest years; in addition to being Professor of Music he also served as Professor of Geology and Natural History, Secretary and Treasurer. In 1835 he compiled The Oberlin Social and Sabbath Hymn Book in which appeared his most well known tune MAITLAND (also known as CROSS AND CROWN or WESTERN MELODY) with the text "Must Jesus bear the cross alone?". This tune was adapted by Thomas A. Dorsey in 1938 for his hymn "Precious Lord, take my hand". He composed anthems and wrote some additional music for Isaac Woodbury's Oratorio "Absalom". He compiled a small 3" x… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer (attributed to): George N. Allen (1844)
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Incipit: 34551 32161 65513
Source: "Western melody" in Henry Ward Beecher's Plymouth Collection, 1855

Notes

PRECIOUS LORD, the tune Thomas Dorsey used for his most beloved hymn, "Precious Lord, take my hand", is an adaptation of MAITLAND. Sometimes Dorsey is shown as the composer, sometimes as the arranger or adapter of Allen's composition. MAITLAND is often attributed to Allen, but the earliest known source (Plymouth Collection, 1855) shows that Allen was the author/adapter of the text "Must Jesus bear the cross alone," not the composer of the tune, and the tune itself was printed without attribution for many years. MAITLAND is also sometimes attributed to the Oberlin Social and Sabbath School Hymn Book, which Allen edited, but this collection does not contain music. This tune originally appeared in hymnals and tune books as CROSS AND CROWN; the name MAITLAND appears as early as 1868.

Media

Baptist Hymnal 1991 #475
Text: Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #494
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #4389
Text: Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone?
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #6002
Text: The Son Forsook the Father's Home
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #7537
Text: When in the Night I Meditate
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #7617
Text: The Wonders of Redeeming Love
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Timeless Truths #309
Text: Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone?
  • Must_Jesus_Bear_the_Cross_Alone.sib (SIB, Scorch)
The United Methodist Hymnal #424
Text: Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone

Instances

Instances (16)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
African American Heritage Hymnal #554Image
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #475TextImageAudioScore
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #243TextImage
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #505Image
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #494AudioScore
Hymns of Faith #392TextImage
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #615
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #16AImage
Rejoice Hymns #287
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #328
Sing Joyfully #512TextImage
Sing the Faith #2112
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #673Image
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #449Image
The United Methodist Hymnal #424TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
The Worshiping Church #658TextImage



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