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In the small Yorkshire village of Horbury, "Onward Christian Soldiers" is sung for the first time

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06/04/1865
The Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould hastily penned the lyrics for a "Hymn for Procession with Cross and Banners", for a children's choir procession this day in Horbury, near Wakefield in Yorkshire.  The music used then was a theme from a Joseph Haydn symphony. Several decades later Sir Arthur Sullivan added the far more familiar music he called "St. Gertrude." The hymn remains popular, if often controversial, up to today.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Robert Morgan, Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the World's Greatest Hymn Stories (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2003), 161. 

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