David J. Beattie

The Romance of Sacred Song

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Part II Scotland And Ireland

Chapter 1 Across The Scottish Border Proud of her religious liberty, secured by the life-blood of martyrs, the hardy Scottish race from the stormy days of John Knox, the reformer, down through the “killing” covenanting times, reveals a history which is marked by its deep reverence and loyalty to the Bible. And, before the dawn of the present century, there were few homes north of the Tweed where the family did not gather around the fireside as the day closed, for the reading of the Scri...

Part I England And Wales (chapters 34-44)

Chapter 34 In South Wales More than eighty years have passed by since a few believers began to meet simply in the Lord’s name in a private house in Cardiff. God blessed that humble beginning, the fruits of which are to be seen to-day. In Cardiff district alone there are about twenty-four assemblies, while in South Wales they number eighty-five in all, not including a number of other gatherings who meet on more or less “Exclusive” lines. Development in Cardiff was greatly helped forwar...

Part I England And Wales (chapters 23-33)

Chapter 23 The Story Of The London Missionary Meetings The story of assembly life and spiritual activity in the Metropolis would be incomplete without some reference to what has become known as the London Missionary Meetings. Few gatherings of the Lord’s people have in recent years so powerfully influenced the work amongst the heathen as those soul-inspiring meetings, where, from the far-flung fields of labour in regions beyond, ambassadors of the Cross meet in happy concord with fellow-...

Part I England And Wales (chapters 12-22)

Chapter 12 Early Days At Teignmouth The assembly at Teignmouth must surely date back to the early days of Brethren, for it was here in the same hall in which the believers still gather to remember the Lord that George Müller preached previous to taking up the work in Bristol, to which he had been so signally called of God. To-day, after the passing of more than a century, there are over a hundred Christians who meet in happy fellowship around the Lord’s table. The long span of a hundr...

Part I England And Wales (chapters 1-11)

Chapter 1 Early Days Looking back over a hundred years, years pregnant with a multitude of events, which in their course were to become living milestones in the long march of Church history, one cannot but be sensibly impressed as, in panoramic sequence, the picture of a century’s triumphs and failures slowly passes before our vision, leaving on the mind an indelible impression. We stand aside that one might view the historic picture in its true perspective, at the same time unconsciousl...

Brethren The Story Of A Great Recovery

By David J. Beattie Author Of “The Romance Of Sacred Song,” “Stories And Sketches Of Our Hymns And Their Witers,” Etc. John Ritchie Ltd. Publishers Of Christian Literature Kilmarnock First Published – 1940 Reprinted – 1944 Made In Great Britain Foreword The sub-title of this book is excellently chosen, for the remarkable movement that it relates was no new thing, no novelty, but the recovery of truth that had become obscured by the encroachments of tradition and c...

Part III Early Days In The Foreign Field

The early pages of this book recorded the setting out of a small party of pioneer missionaries upon what proved to be an enterprise destined to yield far-reaching results. This chapter, which is the last, again takes up the story and tells of a century’s trials and triumphs in the foreign field. In the plague-stricken city of Baghdad, an ambassador of Christ stood by the death-couch of his young wife. Within two years of leaving their home in Exeter, and less than eighteen months in this ce...

Chapter 9 Hymn Writers of America

In the previous chapter the endeavour has been to set forth as simply and lucidly as possible, the story of how we got our popular Gospel song. To do so, one of the pioneers of the work in this particular realm of hymnody was singled out and used as a vehicle by which, as we look back and see this wonderful movement spreading from country to country, and being used of God, we can, in a greater measure, comprehend its remarkable development and far-reaching results. This chapter will be devot...

Preface

Marshall, Morgan & Scott, Ltd. London and Edinburgh. Made and printed in Great Britain by Hunt, Barnard, & Co., Ltd. London & Aylesbury To My Mother From Whose Lips I First Heard These Songs Preface Many years’ diligent pursuit along the highways and byways of the realm of Sacred Song produced an accumulation of material, the collecting and tabulating of which was ever a delight and labour of love. To disintegrate, arrange and marshal names, dat...
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