I've also made great progress on a new project, which will make the contents on one of the site's most popular hymn-books a lot more widely available - more about that next month.
Now, for this months' requests:
Research requests during October
Almighty Father Take this BreadThis offertory hymn was published in Australia and Ireland during the 1970, but the source is unknown.
And Can it BeThis hymn by Charles Wesley is partly based on the themes of St Paul's life.
By the Rivers of BabylonThis song was song written by Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton of the Jamaican reggae group The Melodians in 1970. The lyrics are from Psalms 19 and 137.
Faith Hope and CharityThe hymn is by Sebastian Temple, and it was published in the 20th Century Folk Hymnal Volume 1 and probably other books as well.
The person who requested this hymn is from Malawi, and heard it on Youtube. It's likely that they are looking for the sheet music - but I haven't been able to find a copyright-legal on-line source for it., and it's not OK for me to just post the sheet music here. But I can say that it is in the key of E, and has a time-signature of 4/4, and the first notes are G G G F.
Father for Many PeopleThis English-language anthem for Don Bosco has been translated from another language - but it's not clear which one.
In Christ there is a Table set for AllThis re-working of "God and Man at Table are Sat down" was popular for All Saints Day.
Keep Step with the MasterInformation about this hymn by Fanny Crosby is available here.
Light the Advent CandleMore info about this children's hymn for lighting the Advent wreath is available here.
Mother, the King - my Lord and ThineThe source of this hymn about hand in hand with mother Mary is unknown. This is unusual: for most very specific requests, it's possible to find at least some reference to where the hymn or song came from. But in this case, only the words could be found - along with the comment from the requestor that s/he sang it at a convent [school] in Ireland during the 1950s.
Now the Green Blade RisethA hymn for Easter or Christmas, written by J M C Crum and set to a traditional French carol tune.
Onward Christian SoldiersThis hymn by Sabine Baring-Gould was originally written for children to sing while in a Pentecost parade.
She Touched the Hem of His GarmentThe person who requested this song said that they learned it at summer campe in the 1960s, and that it has the phrase ""Oh, she touched the hem of his garment - - - - and was made whole"" - but searching for this exact phrase is giving no results at the moment.
YouTube has many different songs with similar titles, one of which is in the public domain. Another possibility is this song by the Cumberland Boys, although it may be more modern than the requested song.
If you have any other suggestions about it, please leave a comment below.