President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation recommending a General Thanksgiving on November 26, 1863, as an expression of national gratitude for the Union’s successes during the year. The Rev. Dr. William Augustus Muhlenberg, an Episcopal minister, composed “The President’s Hymn” and it was published in Harper’s Weekly, Vol. VII, No. 362, December 3, 1863. See http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoun...colns-hymn.htm
The hymn was performed as part of the Lincoln Bicentennial Oratorio “For the People” by singers
Jeffrey Fahnestock, tenor, Roosevelt Credit, bass-baritone, and Kathleen Sasnett, soprano. To hear the hymn, see http://www.buzzjones.net/audio.htm and click on "Thanksgiving".
The Oratorio will be performed again on Sunday, February 12, 2012, at the Kussmaul Theatre, Frederick Community College, Frederick, MD.
Annette & Larry Keener-Farley
Victorian Dance Ensemble