The early hymnody of Sabbathkeeping Adventists laid heavy stress on the distinctive doctrines of the church—the Sabbath and the Second Advent. Beginning in 1849 with Hymns for God’s Peculiar People That Keep the Commandments of God and the Faith of Jesus, James White edited five hymnals and four supplements for his fellow believers prior to the organization of the church in 1863. In addition, his sister, Anna White, compiled Hymns for Youth and Children in 1854. While these early hymnals drew heavily on existing Protestant worship music, Adventists themselves wrote about 5 percent of the hymns they published during this era. Annie R. Smith and Roswell F. Cottrell were the most prolific Adventist hymnwriters of the period. The first Sabbathkeeping Adventist hymnal to contain music was H...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.