Inspiration, praise and devotions from pens of the past

Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Psalm 63:3


Songs of the Bride — 1879. This is the first hymn book published by Zion's Watch Tower,
free from objectionable theology. 144 hymns with descriptive indexes. The end page ads offer:
"Our Lords Return" and the new journal of "Zion's Watch Tower."

Poems and Hymns of Dawn-1890 — C.T. Russell and 1890
This is the entire original 1890 book combining poems and hymns with indexes.
The Introduction is signed by C. T. Russell. Tower Publishing Co. Bible House, Allegheny, PA.

Poems and Hymns of Dawn-1905 — C.T. Russell and 1905
The original 1890 book combined poems and hymns without notes. In 1905 the hymns were published separately with notes. These had an introduction and prefatory by Pastor Russell but dropped in later issues. Original title pages and messages are copied here.

Land of Remembrance — Gail Grabner, 2021
A poem of prospect and promise of emerging from the shadow of death, lessons learned and victory gained in the new day.

Paradise in Eden — How Lost and How Redeemed, Margaret Harris Black, 1963
This epic poem touches upon the most important truths of the Bible, outlining God's eternal plan.
All paraphrasing has been carefully studied in order to preserve true Scripture concepts.
Paradise in Eden is annotated for easy reference to biblical passages from which the poems spring.

Where Eagles Gather — 156 Poems from the pen of Rosemary Page, Blackpool, England

The Mystic Weaver — Henry Harbaugh, 1817 - 1867
Pastor Russell selected a portion of this poem to crown the last page of "The Divine Plan of the Ages" published in 1886. It presents the divine program through the ages with peoples, kings and nations, and soon to reveal the glorious purpose of what was once seen as confusion. Recently the source and entire poem has surfaced. The original work was titled: “The Mystic Weaver” by Henry Harbaugh published in 1860 and saved here.

Precious Promises — Biblical references with commentary
First printed in 1954 and distributed by Clarence Vermillion, Associated Bible Students, Los Angeles, California.
This is now beautifully illustrated and distributed by the Chicago Bible Students.
This book highlights just a few of the thousands of promises lovingly given to us by our Heavenly Father.
Commentary on the promises are provided by C.T. Russell.
A Topical Index is appended as an aid for your reference and study.
The PDF pages are best viewed with a two page spread, side by side.

The Music of His Wheels — Gail Grabner, 2021
Looking through the eyes of Ezekiel 1:25 to the Almighty and His grand designs.
B:32 “And when the great clock of the ages strikes the hours indicated on the prophetic dial, the events foretold are as sure to follow as that God foretold them.”

The Last Week of Jesus — Heart Communion with Jesus — Kenneth Rawson
The last week of Jesus’ life pulses with drama. With the raising of Lazarus the fame of Jesus pervaded the little nation of Israel. When Jesus arrived at Bethany, all the elements of this drama came together—the Passover, Jesus, the multitudes, the priests and Pharisees.
Much of this drama is diffused throughout the four Gospels. We have endeavored to eliminate the duplications while capturing every descriptive phrase of the drama into a seamless flow.
Heart communion with Jesus includes walking with him and experiencing in our hearts all the details of his loving sacrifice. Our prayer is that this complete narrative of Jesus’ last week will enhance your heart communion with him.

The World's Greatest Trial
Eugene Burns with supplement by Homer Hamlin

The greatest trial... because Jesus was the greatest person on earth.
One might expect the Son of God to judge sinful men, but, no, ...
sinful men judged the Son of God.
An hour by hour record of the final hours before and during the trail and onward to the crucifixion with the scriptural account.

Thoughts on the Cross — Ken Rawson, 2009
What were Jesus’ thoughts during that tragic time of physical and mental anguish?
Well, we can know to a large extent the content of Jesus’ thinking
during the last three hours of his cross ordeal.

Memorial Vesper — Ric Cunningham, 2018 Detroit
42 Pages with scriptures, hymns, poems, quotes and inspiring color graphics


A Little Bible Study — W. E. VanAmburgh, New Years Eve, 1900

Ye Loved Ones — W. E. VanAmburgh, January 1, 1901

The White Stone — J. B. Rotherham, 1828-1910, translator of “The Emphasized Bible"

A Morning Resolve — John Heyl Vincent, 1832 - 1920
Author of a short Morning Resolve. American Methodist Episcopal bishop and founder of the Chautauqua Assembly in 1874.

Saints Triumphant — Minna Edgar. Sister to John and Morton Edgar, Glasgow
Minna composed this beautiful poem. Later F. H. Wright set the words to a score of music included in a 1923 Hymn Book.
It was later discontinued.

Standing Alone — Author Unknown — It is human to stand with the crowd; it is divine to stand alone...

The Call of the Bride (and other devotionals) — Composition and artwork by Frederick Lardent, 1925 - 1935 England
Call of the Bride, Comforted of God and God’s Precious Jewels, booklets of poems, praise and character studies.
These files are produced with original text and graphics.
Frederick Lardent was a Bible Student during the latter part of Pastor Charles Russell's ministry.
He left the Society in the 1920s and served independent Bible Students around the UK.

The Wonderful Story — Margaret Russell Land
Plan of the Ages written in verse. Offered in the 1890 issue of the Old Theology Quarterly.
Republished in 1891 with illustrated drawings. First thought to be an introduction to the Divine Plan for youth. It was soon found to be inspiring for all ages. Margaret Land was Pastor Russell's sister who had married Benjamin F. Land.

God's Loving Plan — Laura E. Kelsey

In the Garden of the Lord — Gertrude W. Seibert, 1864-1928

The Sweet Brier Rose — (and Other Poems) Gertrude W. Seibert, 1864-1928
Sweet Brier written in 1909, published in 1926 with her poems from 1885.


Angelophone Hymns
— Charles T. Russell, July 1916
Angelico Records offered a set of 50 gramophone records, entitled "Old Fireside Hymns", sung by the celebrated baritone Henry Burr. The reverse side recorded the voice of Charles Taze Russell with his comments on each hymn.
Sound recording was in its infancy at that time, and the
gramophone records were recorded and played mechanically.
The records had an accompanying companion Angelophone song book.
The right-hand pages contained the words and music, while the left pages were devoted
to the text of a short talk by Pastor Russell, giving his reflections prompted by each hymn.
This book was for personal rather than congregational use.

Zion's Glad Songs — M. L. McPhail — 1900
The following appeared in the September 15, 1900 Tower:
OUR dear Brother McPhail, who has quite a talent for music, has collected a number of new and beautiful hymns,—the music to the majority being his own composition. These, fifty-four in number, are well printed, and appropriately bound in paper covers...
This little book, entitled “Zion’s Glad Songs,” has another feature which we are sure will be appreciated by many, viz., the addition of the music for twenty-eight old tunes, long, short, common, and peculiar meters...