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Question #91511 posted on 07/24/2018 8:36 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Hymn 75 was written by Ada Blenkhorn and Alfred Beirly. What's interesting is that they don't have birthdates or death dates printed in the hymn book like most other hymns? Why is that? A quick Google search suggests that it's not because of their anonymity. Blenkhorn was a fairly prolific poet and writer of hymns.

-JS Back (or am I Hans Leo Hassler?)


Dear JS,

Unfortunately I have been unable to find a definitive answer to your question. My searching couldn’t find very much personal information on Alfred Beirly to begin with, so perhaps his birth and death year weren’t widely known or available when the hymnal was being composed.

My best guess regarding Ada Blenkhorn and her lack of information is pure speculation. Blenkhorn passed away in 1927, which is coincidentally the year that a new hymnal was published. I would theorize that maybe that’s the first year that this particular hymn was included, and because she was likely still living during the hymnal’s composition, her birth and death dates were excluded.

I know that’s not a perfect explanation, and it implies that later additions of the LDS hymn book simply overlooked adding the dates. But after my research, that’s the best explanation I can come up with.