How faithful and trustworthy too

Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

Samuel Augustus Ward was born December 28, 1847, Newark, New Jersey. He died September 28, 1903, Newark, New Jersey and was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery Newark, New Jersey.

Samuel was the son of Samuel Cutler Ward and nephew of Julia Ward Howe, who wrote “Battle Hymn of the Republic, ” a famous American Civil War song after she and her husband visited the Union Army camp near the Potomac River. Upon hearing the soldiers singing the song “John Brown’s Body, ” she was inspired to write it the next day.

“I woke in the gray of the morning, and as I lay waiting for dawn, the long lines of the desired poem began to entwine themselves in my mind, and I said to myself, ‘I must get up and write these verses, lest I fall asleep and forget them! ” So I sprang up out of bed and in the dimness found an old stump of a pen which I remembered using the day before. I scrolled these verses almost without looking at the paper’”(Julia W. Howe).

Samuel Ward studied music under Jan Pychowski in New York City, and founded a music store in Newark, New Jersey. He became an organist at Grace Episcopal Church, New York, and in 1880, succeeding Henry Cutler; a brass plaque in his memory was placed on the parish house there in 1934. Ward also founded Newark’s Orpheus club in 1889.

In the secular world, he is best remembered for his tune “Materna, ” used for the anthem America the beautiful.

Isaiah Tor

Sydney, NSW, Australia

This hymn was written from the vantage point of the heavenlies, concerning the Father God's faithfulness. Every verse of this hymn emphasizes the Lord's unchanging faithfulness not in a mundane, pedestrian sense, but much rather in the riches of who He is in this attribute of His Godhead. This hymn is not monochromic, but rather in regards to the "rainbow round about His throne", which in principle matches the foundations of the New Jerusalem as the holy city, the Lord's faithfulness is resplendent and overflowing with a rich expression of who He is and the solid representation of who He is to us in His faithfulness to make us that holy city, the New Jerusalem.