“Come, ye disconsolate” was so changed by Thomas Hastings, the great American hymnist, that it almost became a new hymn.
He was no hymnist, though he did now and then venture into sacred metre.
The greatest Lutheran hymnist of the seventeenth century, and perhaps of all time, was Paul Gerhardt.
Ephraem was the greatest teacher of his time in the Syrian Church, and her most prolific and able hymnist.
Next to Gerhardt, there is no German hymnist whose name is so frequently found in hymn-books today as that of Schmolck.
As in a thousand other partnerships of hymnist and musician, Dr. Rankin was fortunate in his composer.
James Montgomery, the noted English hymnist, was a member of the Moravian communion.
It was not without reason, therefore, that Montgomery became the first English hymnist to sound the missionary trumpet.