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Hymns / Music :: John Robson Sweney

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Born: December 31, 1837, West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Died: April 10, 1899, Chester, Pennsylvania.

Buried: Chester Rural Cemetery, Chester Pennsylvania.

John Robson Sweney (1837-1899)

Sweney’s musical gift showed itself at an early age. While still a boy, he began to teach music in the public schools and lead Sunday school performances. At age 19, he started studying music in earnest under Professor Bauer, a celebrated German teacher. He took lessons on the violin and piano, and about this time was chosen leader of a choir. He was also in constant demand for children’s concerts and for conducting glee clubs.

At age 22, Sweney was called to teach in Dover, Delaware. When the American civil war broke out, he took charge of the band of the Third Delaware Regiment. After the war, Sweney became Professor of Music at the Pennsylvania Military Academy in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He worked there over 25 years, and received the degrees of Bachelor of Music (1876) and Doctor of Music (1886).

Sweney composed more than 1,000 hymn tunes, and collaborated with William Kirkpatrick on a number of hymn collections.


  1. As the Bird Flies Home
  2. Awake! Awake!
  3. Awake, Awake! O Heart of Mine!
  4. Beulah Land
  5. Blest, Blest Forever
  6. Break Forth, O Joyful Heart
  7. By the Grace of God We’ll Meet
  8. Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace
  9. Conquering Now and Still to Conquer
  10. Fill Me Now
  11. Go Work in the Vineyard
  12. God’s Holy Church Shall Triumph
  13. Handful of Leaves, A
  14. He Feedeth His Flock
  15. Holy, Holy, Is What the Angels Sing
  16. I Have Entered Beulah Land
  17. Joyfully Sing
  18. King’s Highway, The
  19. More About Jesus
  20. Morning Draweth Nigh, The
  21. My Savior First of All
  22. O Blessed Word
  23. O Church of God, Arise!
  24. O Fly to Him
  25. On Let Us Go
  26. Only a Beam of Sunshine
  27. Only Once You Pass This Way
  28. Onward, Ye Pilgrims
  29. Out on the Desert
  30. Praise, Praise His Name
  31. Rainbow Round the Throne, The
  32. Send Out the Sunlight
  33. Shepherd’s Fold on High, The
  34. Shout in the Camp, A
  35. Smile from Jesus, A
  36. Sunshine in the Soul
  37. Sweet Story of Jesus
  38. Take the World, but Give Me Jesus
  39. Tell It Out with Gladness
  40. Tell Me the Story of Jesus
  41. Tell the Whole Wide World
  42. Unsearchable Riches
  43. Wait on the Lord
  44. Waiting for the Promise
  45. Walking in the Good Old Way
  46. We All Can Do Good
  47. When Each Others Face We See
  48. Will There Be Any Stars?
  49. Will You Come?

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