1837, Barre, Vermont.

June 5, 1916, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Rutland Rural Cemetery, Rutland, Massachusetts.

When he was 12 years old, Barnes’ family moved to Colbrook, Massachusetts. There, in addition to a public school education, he became proficient on the violin. In 1858, he settled in Worcester, Massachusetts. After visiting several different churches, he was baptized in a stream at Lincoln Square in January, 1859, through the ice, after which he walked a half mile with the minister before they could change out of their wet clothing.

For over 40 years, Barnes served the Advent Christian Church in Worcester as deacon and song-leader, and superintendent of their Sunday School (1875–1900). In addition to his musical talent, he was also a successful artist. He composed 70 or more hymns. His earliest known song, Founded on the Rock, was in print by 1868.

  1. All Hail, Our Glorious Coming King
  2. Come Back to Jesus
  3. Come unto Me, O Sinner, Heavy Laden
  4. Far More Precious Than Gold
  5. Forward Be Our Watchword
  6. Founded on the Rock
  7. Jesus Is the Only Savior
  8. Master Is Calling, The
  9. Morning Breaks, the Saints Come Forth, The
  10. Straight Is the Gate and Narrow the Way
  11. There’s a Land of Pure Delight
  12. Welcome the Sabbath Day
  13. Wonderful Savior, in Him I Am Trusting
  14. Wonderful Words of Life from the Savior
  1. Clearwater