Spencer Lane …tats-Unis Born: April 7, 1843, Tilton, New Hampshire.
Died: August 10, 1903, Readville, Virginia.
Lane served in the 8th New Hampshire Infantry during the American civil war. After the war, he studied at the New England Conservatory and taught in Oneida and Utica, New York. He later moved to Woonsocket, Rhode Island, where he ran a music store, and served as organist and directed the choir at St. Jamesí Episcopal Church for 13 years. He also lived for a while in Monson, Massachusetts; Richmond, Virginia; and (from 1896) Baltimore, Maryland. In Baltimore, he worked for the music firm of Sanders and Stayman, and was music director at the All Saints Protestant Episcopal Church.
After a Sunday morning service at Saint James Church in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, Laneís pastor gave him the hymns for the evening service. Lane didnít care for one hymnís tune, so while his wife cooked dinner, he composed PENITENCE to be used instead; it was first published in The Church Hymnal, by Charles L. Hutchins, 1874. This tune is Laneís sole contribution to our hymnals. (Hide extended text) ... (Read all)