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While the silent stars are keeping
Nothing is known of Ms. Letitia Thorne, the author of this text. The composer of the tune was Joseph Mosenthal (1834-1896). Mosenthal, who came from a distinguished German-Jewish family, studied organ under his father and violin under Ludwig Spohr in his native town of Cassel. He emigrated to the United States in 1853 and from 1860 until his retirement in 1887 was organist of Grace Episcopal Church in New York City.

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Joseph Mosenthal (1834-1896)
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