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"The Prince of Peace Is Born" by Frances V. Hubbard (1925)

The Prince of Peace Is Born.


Christmas bells, as they swing,

Again we hear the angels sing;

        We see the shepherds watching on the plain

        And hear the joyful tidings once again,

"Rejoice, be glad, be glad, this happy morn,

Tidings of joy, the Prince of Peace is born."

Christmas bells, as they ring,

Glad hope and joy to all the world they bring,

        As, now, from war to the world prays for release,

        And nations join to bring a lasting peace;

Sweeter than ever, since that wondrous morn,

The angels' song, "The Prince of Peace is born."

Christmas bells, ring and swing!

Let all mankind join in the song ye sing;

        While prayers for peace second to Him on high,

        Let the glad time foretold by prophets now come nigh,

        Make true, for aye, upon this Christmas morn,

        The angels' song, "The Prince of Peace is born."

        Albany, N. Y.

Troy Times. December 25, 1925

Frances Virginia Thomas Hubbard (1860-1943)


        Mrs. Frances V. Hubbard of Albany, mother of Maj. Lester T. Hubbard, U.S. commissioner, and contributor of verse and prose to the former Troy Times for many years, died yesterday at Albany Hospital after a few weeks’ illness. Funeral services will be conducted at Tebbutt Memorial Chapel in Albany Monday at 2 p.m. with burial in Oakwood Cemetery, this city.

        Mrs. Hubbard was the widow of Murray Hubbard, for thirty years a prominent member of the Albany County bar who had many business and fraternal connections here. She was the former Frances Virginia Thomas and was born in Albany in a house on the site of the present Capitol. She was educated at Schoharie Academy and later studied French, music and drama under private teachers and also at State College for Teachers.

        Her articles and poems which appeared regularly in the Troy Times for many years, were widely read and brought her many friends in this city. She also was the author of a column in the old Albany Argus and wrote for many other newspapers.

        She was widely known for songs, anthem and cantatas which she had written including the alma mater of State College for Teachers, “College of the Empire State.”

        A light opera which she wrote was presented at the executive mansion at the request of former Governor Miller. She had written several pageants for church presentation. In 1939 she received an award for distinguished service from the National Society of New England Women for literary work and social service.

        She was a member of Gansevoort Chapter, D. A. R.; Albany Colony of New England Women, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

        During World War I Mrs. Hubbard served as a sergeant in Red Cross service.

        She is survived by her son, a niece, Mrs. Harry Hilts of Gloversville, and two nephews, Clarence T. Lansing of South Yonkers and Raymond T. M. Stowe of Westfield, N. J.

“Contributor to Old Troy Times Dies in Albany; Mrs. Frances V. Hubbard, Mother of Commissioner, To Be Buried in Oakwood Cemetery.” Times Record [Troy, NY]. July 10, 1943: 7 col 8.

        Mrs. Frances V. Hubbard, mother of U.S. Commissioner Lester T. Hubbard and widely-known clubwoman and song writer, is dead today after an illness of a week. She lived at 120 Elm. Mrs. Hubbard wrote “Albany, My Albany,” composed words for several operas and religious pageants, and contributed to newspapers and magazines.

        The National Society of New England in 1939 gave her a distinguished service award for her literary and social work. She served as a sergeant in the Red Cross in the first World War. She was a member of Gansevoort Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution; Albany Colony of New England Women, Pi Gamma Nu Social Science Honorary Society, the City Club, the Monday Musical Club and the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Funeral services will be Monday afternoon at the Tebbutt Memorial Chapel, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy.

“Mrs. Frances V. Hubbard.” Knickerbocker News [Albany, NY]. July 10, 1943: 2B col 4.

“Those who attended the service at the Fourth Presbyterian church last evening enjoyed a musical treat in 'The Star Divine,’ a Christmas cantata, the words of which were written by Frances V. Hubbard, the music by Abram W. Lansing. The cantata is distinctly Oriental in theme, both in words and music.”

“Cantata at Fourth Church.” Albany Evening Journal. December 21, 1914: 8 col 3.

"Have you sung 'College of the Empire State' at any of the gatherings Monday night? It might be of interest to know that the composers of that well-known State College song are registered in summer school. They are Mrs. Frances Hubbard and Mr. A. W. Lansing.”

“Soloist at Community Sing." State College News 1(6). August 8, 1921. 1.

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