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Bradbury, William Batchelder William Batchelder Bradbury
United States (USA) United States (USA)
(1816 - 1868)
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Over the Ocean Wave

Over the Ocean Wave
William Batchelder Bradbury

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Composer :William Batchelder BradburyBradbury, William Batchelder (1816 - 1868)
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Arranger :William Batchelder BradburyZisi, Matthew
Copyright :Copyright © Matthew Zisi
Great Hymns of the Faith had only nine tunes by William B. Bradbury—ten, technically, but Just as I Am is kind of short for a stand-alone arrangement—so I needed another one for my set of ten arrangements by him. Fortunately, I found this one on exhibit at Liberty University. The hymnal it was in was open to it, so I couldn’t see the cover of the book, but I found out it was World Evangel (according to, the only hymnal that placed this at #125). I’d never heard it before, but it’s a perfect hymn for a mission’s conference, as you’ll see.

1. Over the ocean wave, far, far away,
There the poor heathen live, waiting for day;
Groping in ignorance, dark as the night,
No blessed Bible to give them the light:
Pity them, pity them, Christians at home,
Haste with the bread of life, hasten and come.

2. Here in this happy land we have the light,
Shining from God’s Own Word, free, pure, and bright;
Shall we not send to them Bibles to read,
Teachers, and preachers, and all that they need?
Pity them, pity them, Christians at home,
Haste with the bread of life, hasten and come.

3. Then, while the mission ships glad tidings bring,
List! as that heathen band joyfully sing,
“Over the ocean wave O, see them come,
Bringing the bread of life, guiding us home.”
Pity them, pity them, Christians at home,
Haste with the bread of life, hasten and come.
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The Solid Rock and Nine Other Hymns by William B. Bradbury

There are two names in particular in every hymnal that are easy to get mixed up—those of William J. Kirkpatrick and William B. Bradbury. It’s easy to see why. Both lived in America during the 1800s, both had a first name of William and a long last name, and both wrote a ton of hymns which are still sung today. So, let there be no mistake—this is a collection of hymns by William Batchelder Bradbury—not the other guy.
That said, who was William B. Bradbury? He was born in York, Maine, October 6, 1816. The son of a church choir leader, Bradbury would follow in his father’s footsteps in his future career. He picked up organ as an instrument and moved to Boston, where he sang in Lowell Mason’s renowned Bowdoin Street Choir. Mason helped the young Bradbury get a job teaching at three singing schools in Machias, Maine, where he remained the next year-and-a-half. He got married, then briefly moved to Canada but returned to Boston after he failed to garner interest in his work. There, Mason found another job for him—this time as organist at First Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York, in 1840. A year later, he moved to the Baptist Tabernacle in Brooklyn, where he served not only as organist but also as choir director—and also, he taught singing schools for children.
This would be a good time to point out that much of Bradbury’s work was geared towards children. “Jesus Loves Me” and “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” are two of the famous children’s songs he wrote. J. H. Hall noted that Bradbury’s parts did not always flow that smoothly; this is easily evident in “The Solid Rock.” However, the real secret to Bradbury’s success at children’s hymns was the conciseness, simplicity of rhythm, and repetitive nature with which he wrote them. These make them easily accessible to the less musical members of the congregation, but they remain popular with the more musical ones because—for lack of a better way to put it—they just sound wonderful.
Though Bradbury started out teaching singing school at the Baptist Tabernacle, he was soon teaching all over the city. Eventually, he started a Juvenile Music Festival, in which a thousand children would put on a choral concert. “When all were ready, a chord was struck on the piano — a thousand children instantly arose, presenting a sight that can be far more easily imagined than described,” Hall writes. “Of the musical effect produced by such a chorus we will not attempt to speak,” he adds, wisely. He does note, though, that this was one of the premier annual musical events in New York City for many years. Not a premier church music event—a premier musical event, period! If only the love of God was as prominent in today’s popular entertainment. Bradbury, in fact, was instrumental in furthering public musical education as well. When he first arrived in New York, the public schools didn’t teach music, and Bradbury would staunchly advocate for its inclusion at his music festivals. His influence led to New York public schools adopting the subject as part of their curriculum—though you probably wouldn’t hear that from them today, it’s true.
Bradbury started publishing music books during this time—he would compile 59 books of songs before the end of his lifetime. In 1847, like a lot of American composers in the 1800s, he went to Europe (Germany—1847) to study with master musicians over there. Arriving in Leipzig that September, he attended Mendelssohn’s funeral, expressing his sorrow to have not met the man before. He did, however, study with other notable teachers—Wenzel for piano and organ, Boehme for voice, and Hauptmann for harmony. He travelled around to different schools in Germany, observing German methods of musical education in research that he would use back home upon his return to America. While in Europe, he also met Jenny Lind, unknown at the time to American audiences.
Upon his return in 1849, Bradbury went straight back to work in music—teaching, putting on conventions, writing music and publishing it in books, and editing the same. Plus building pianos. He started this with his brother, Edward, in 1851, and the Bradbury pianos “at one time were quite popular,” according to Hall. Bradbury lived through the Civil War before passing away at his residence in Montclair, New Jersey, January 7, 1868. It is safe to say that his work paved the way for future generations of hymnwriters who would come along, and his influence lives on today. I hope you enjoy this collection!

Sheet music list :
Bradbury, William Batchelder : 'Tis Midnight - and on Olive's Brow
Bradbury, William Batchelder : Depth of Mercy
Bradbury, William Batchelder : Even Me
Bradbury, William Batchelder : He Leadeth Me
Bradbury, William Batchelder : Jesus Loves Me
Bradbury, William Batchelder : Over the Ocean Wave
Bradbury, William Batchelder : Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
Bradbury, William Batchelder : Sweet Hour of Prayer
Bradbury, William Batchelder : The Solid Rock
Bradbury, William Batchelder : There Is No Name So Sweet on Earth

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