Charles Seymour Robinson

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Charles Seymour Robinson.

Charles Seymour Robinson, D.D., LL.D., (March 31, 1829 – February 1, 1899), was a pastor, and an editor and compiler of hymns.

Born in Bennington, Vermont, Robinson graduated from Williams College in 1849, then spent a year and a half at Princeton Theological Seminary before entering the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, where he was afterward an instructor.[1][2] He was ordained by the Presbytery of Troy, April 19, 1855, and was pastor of the Park Street (Presbyterian) church of Troy, New York from 1855-1860.[2] He was then pastor of the First church of Brooklyn from 1860–1868, and of the American Chapel of Paris from 1868-1871.[2] He then became pastor of the Memorial Presbyterian church, New York City, which was erected and freed from debt under his management.[2]

Robinson, in 1876-1877 was editor of the Illustrated Christian Weekly, and compiled and published several successful hymn-books.[2] The first was the Songs of the Church in 1862, revised as the Songs for the Sanctuary in 1865, which was "very widely adopted".[2] Around the time of his return from Europe to New York City there was a demand for an additional work of a slightly different character which he met by issuing (through the Century Company) the book called Spiritual Songs, 1878.[2] In 1884, Robinson published another hymn-book in the series, titled Laudes Domini.[2] Robinson resigned his final pastorate in 1887, and died in his home, in New York City.[1]


  1. ^ a b "The Rev. Dr. Charles S. Robinson, The New York Times (February 2, 1899).
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Samuel Willoughby Duffield, English Hymns: Their Authors and History (1866), p. 472-73.

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