MAITLAND (Allen)

Composer (attributed to): George N. Allen

George Nelson Allen (b. Mansfield, OH, 1812; d. Cincinnati, OH, 1877). Nearly all of Allen's adult life was associated with Oberlin College. After his graduation from Oberlin in 1837, he became a faculty member, teaching music and geology. His most lasting contribution was the introduction of choral and instrumental programs, which later developed into the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook… 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

Texts

Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone

Must Jesus bear the cross alone,
And all the world go free?
No, there's a cross for everyone,
And there's a cross for me.

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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 (20)TextImageAudioScoreFlexscore
African American Heritage Hymnal #554Image
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #475TextImageAudioScore
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #243TextImage
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #505Image
Celebration Hymnal #673Image
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
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #328
Sing Joyfully #512TextImage
Sing the Faith #2112
The Cyber Hymnal #4389TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #5607TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #6002TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #7537TextAudioScore
The Cyber Hymnal #7617TextAudioScore
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #449
The United Methodist Hymnal #424TextImageAudioScore
The Worshiping Church #658TextImage