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This month's Free Tablature is
"To God Be the Glory"
Fanny Crosby (lyrics); William H. Doane (music) - 1872





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This month's free tab is a an arrangement of a hymn named "To God Be the Glory" by one of America's most prolific hymn writers, Frances Jane VanAlstyne, better known as Fanny Crosby.  She is said to have written more than 8,000 poems during her lifetime, the vast majority of which were of a religious nature that eventually were paired with melodies and made into hymns.

Fanny was blind from the age of 6 weeks, when a common cold caused inflammation around her eyes which was treated with mustard plaster compresses.  Her father died when she was barely one year old, and she was raised by her mother and grandmother until the age of 15, when she enrolled in the New York Institute for the Blind.  She was a student there for 8 years, learning to play guitar and piano, and to sing.  Upon graduation, she was offered a faculty position at the same Institute, teaching English, philosophy, and science.   She published her first collection of secular poems at the age of 24, and also wrote the lyrics for a number of secular songs, most notably collaborating with composer George Root for such songs as "Rosalie the Prairie Flower", "Hazel Dell", and "There's Music in the Air". 

Shortly after attending a revival meeting at the age of 28, she began writing religious poems almost exclusively, collaborating with a number of well-known hymn composers of the time, including William Bradbury, Robert Lowrey, Ira Sankey, Phoebe Knapp, and William H. Doane.  Doane was an especially frequent collaborator with Crosby, composing the tunes for such well-known hymns as "Near the Cross", "Blessed Assurance", "Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior", "Tell Me the Story of Jesus", and this month's tune, "To God Be the Glory".  In spite of the fact that the hymn had been published in the United States in 1872, it remained relatively unknown in this country until 1954, when Cliff Barrows, then the song leader for the Billy Graham Crusades, included it in during a series of revival meetings in London, England.   It was so well received that he continued using it, and it quickly gained worldwide popularity.  Today it is included in most denominational hymnals.

Here is a link to a YouTube video of this hymn being performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale at Royal Albert Hall.

Enjoy, and Happy Easter!



1.         To God be the glory, great things he hath done! 

            So loved he the world that he gave us his Son,

            who yielded his life an atonement for sin,

            and opened the lifegate that all may go in.


            Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

            let the earth hear his voice! 

            Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

            let the people rejoice!

            O come to the Father thru Jesus the Son,

            and give him the glory, great things he hath done!


2.         O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,

            to every believer the promise of God;

            the vilest offender who truly believes,

            that moment from Jesus a pardon receives.


3.         Great things he hath taught us, great things he hath done,

            and great our rejoicing thru Jesus the Son;

            but purer, and higher, and greater will be

            our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.








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