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It is stated that the late Dr. Ray Palmer originally wrote his most famous hymn on a leaf of a pocket diary. There it remained for a year and a half. Its author then met Dr. Mason on the street in Boston. The ex�istence of the hymn was discovered by Dr. Mason's inquiry for new materials for a hymn and tune book which he was then compiling. He took the hymn and in a few days returned it with the tune " Olivet," which he had composed for it. His sagacious judgment of it was expressed in saying to the author, " You may live many years and do many good things. But I think you will be best known to posterity as the author of * My faith looks up to Thee.'" It was one of those
fleeting conjunctions of circumstances and of men by which God often sets forward to their fulfillment his eternal decrees. The doctor of music and the future doctor of theology are thrown together in the roaring thoroughfare of commerce for a brief interview, scarcely more than enough for a morning salutation, and the blessed result to mankind is the publication of a Christian lyric which is to be sung around the world. Music stands nearest to divinity. I would not give the little I know for all the treasures of the world! It is my shield in combat and adversity, my friend and com�panion in moments of joy, my comforter and refuge in those of despondency and solitude.�Martin Luther.
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