Hymn #597: Shall We Gather at the River
Robert Lowry (1826-1899) composed both words and music for this gospel hymn in 1864. The tune was named HANSON PLACE nearly a century later by the committee that compiled the Baptist Hymnal (1956). Lowry, a Baptist preacher, became interested in hymnwriting during his pastorate at Hanson Place Baptist Church in Brooklyn.
Robert Lowry was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on March 12, 1826, was ordained, and worked as a Baptist minister, college professor, and church administrator. He died on November 25, 1899, in Plainfield, New Jersey where he was serving a long pastorate at a Baptist church.