The Story Behind Victory In Jesus
Eugene Bartlett, both an author and composer, was born in Missouri. After finishing Hall-Moody Institute in Martin, Tenn., he began teaching in singing schools. Because of his musical gifts and talents, young Bartlett was a sought-after music teacher.
In 1918, he founded the Hartford Music Co. in Hartford, Ark., and printed many shape-note songbooks featuring his songs and the songs of contemporary writers. For more than 20 years, Bartlett administered singing schools throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, and Tennessee. For several years he edited a monthly music magazine, Herald of Song, promoting singing schools, including news of local personalities and advertising the newest songbooks.
Popular Hymn Lyrics with Story and Meaning
Day by Day and With Each Passing Moment
Jesus Loves Me
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Nearer My God to Thee
Abide with Me
His Eye is On the Sparrow
Be Thou My Vision
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God Almighty
"Victory in Jesus" was written in 1939, two years before Bartlett's death. The song first appeared that year in "Gospel Choruses," a paperback songbook published by James Vaughan in Lawrenceburg, Tenn. Since the early 1960s, "Victory in Jesus" has become popular among evangelical congregations, and recent hymnals published for these churches have included it.