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ROBINSON, Charles Seymour, clergyman, born in Bennington, Vermont, 31 March, 1829. He was graduated at Williams in 1849, studied theology in 1851-'2 at Union seminary, New York city, and in 1852-'3 at Princeton, and on 19 April, 1855, was ordained pastor of a Presbyterian church in Troy, New York In 1860 he took charge of a church in Brooklyn. In 1868-'70 he had charge of the American chapel in Paris. In 1870 he became pastor of a congregation in New York city, which soon afterward erected the Madison avenue Presbyterian church, resigning in 1887. He received the degree of D. D. from Hamilton in 1867 and that of LL.D. from Lafayette in 1885. Dr. Robinson has published volumes of sermons and other works that have passed through several editions, and collections of hymns and tunes that are extensively used. The titles of his publications are "Songs of the Church" (New York, 1862); " Songs for the Sanctuary" (1865) ; "Short Studies for Sunday-School Teachers" (1868) ; " Bethel and Penuel" (1873) ; "Church Work" (1873) ; "Psalms and Hymns" (1875) ; "Calvary Songs for Sunday-Schools" (1875) ; "Spiritual Songs for Church and Choir" (1878); " Studies in the New Testament " (1880); "Spiritual Songs for Social Meetings" (1881); "Spiritual Songs for Sunday-Schools" (1881); "Studies of Neglected Texts" (1883); "Laudes Domini" (1884); " Sermons in Songs" (1885); "Sabbath Evening Sermons" (1887) ; "The Pharaohs of the Bondage and the Exodus" (1887); and "Simon Peter, his Life and Times" (2 vols., 1888).
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