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Ralph Erskine Hudson died 6/14/1901 at Cleve­land, OH.  He was born to Henry & Sarah Hudson on 7/12/1843, in the city of Na­po­le­on, OH (up the Maumee River, south-west of Toledo).  While he was still a boy they moved to PA & while he was a youth he served as a nurse in the uncivil war. He married a young lady named Mary (date & locale of union unknown to eab) & they were blessed with 6 children.

He returned to OH & from 1872-74 was Professor of Vocal Music at Mount Union College (started out as Mount Union Seminary, with Methodist connections – now called a University). For the next ¼ of the century he made the Mt. Un­ion-Alliance area home, where he was an early sup­port­er of the Sal­va­tion Ar­my. Ralph was a “lay preacher,” opposed the liquor traffic, was a mem­ber of the Mt. Un­ion Meth­od­ist Epis­co­pal Church, & serviced as a trustee of Tay­lor Un­i­ver­si­ty, Up­land, IN.

He is remember today as a writer of Gospel Songs, having written both words & music to “A Glorious Church” & “His Yoke Is Easy,” the words to “I’ll Live For Him” (& some 50 others), & the music to “Blessèd be the Name!” “The Half Has Never Yet Been Told” & “Satisfied” (All my life long I had panted).  

Do you hear them coming, brother, Thronging up the steeps of light,

Clad in glorious shining garments, Blood washed, garments pure and white?

Refrain

’Tis a glorious church without spot or wrinkle, Washed in the blood of the Lamb;

’Tis a glorious church without spot or wrinkle, Washed in the blood of the Lamb.

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