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The story behind this month's free download, the hymn "Nearer My God to Thee." Download it here.

The verse was written by the English poet and Unitarian hymn writer Sarah Flower Adams (1805 - 1848) at her home in Sunnybank, Loughton, Essex, England, in 1841. It was first set to music by Adam's sister, the composer Eliza Flower, for William Johnson Fox's collection Hymns and Anthems.

"Nearer, My God, to Thee" is associated with the sinking of the Titanic, when some survivors later reported that the ship's string ensemble played the hymn as the vessel sank. For example, Violet Jessop said in her 1934 account of the disaster that she had heard the hymn being played; Archibald Gracie IV, however, emphatically denied it in his own account, written soon after the sinking, and wireless operator Harold Bride said that he had heard "Autumn", by which he may have meant Archibald Joyce's  then-popular waltz "Songe d'Automne" (Autumn Dream).
 
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