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O, let us exalt our dear Lord and proclaim,
In songs of true gratitude, praise to His name!
As songs of the angels in sweetest accord,
Our thanks and our praises shall rise to the Lord.
-- Zion's Harp # 165

Composer Bio Information

Ward, Samuel Augustus's bio information

Tuesday, December 28, 1847 - Monday, September 28, 1903

Born: December 28, 1847, Newark, New Jersey.

Died: September 28, 1903, Newark, New Jersey.

Buried: Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Newark, New Jersey.

Ward studied music under Jan Pychowski and others in New York City, and founded a music store in Newark. He became organist at Grace Episcopal Church, Newark, 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.


* Erickson, p. 417
* Nutter, p. 467


1. Materna


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