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Genesis: The Origins of a Song: Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown?

This article is reprinted from the July 2023 SEBA Breakdown, written by Lady Outlaw.

The popular old Baptist hymn, Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown?, written in 1897 by Eliza E. Hewitt and set to a melody by John R. Sweney, can be found as No. 787 in the Baptist Sankey hymnal.

It has been recorded numerous times by American country and bluegrass music artists such as George Jones, Ferlin Husky, Alison Krauss, the Cox Family, Reba McEntire, and many others.

The only biblical reference to stars in a crown is found in twelfth chapter verse 1 of

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