March 18, 1805, New York Ci­ty.

Ap­ril 27, 1862, Flor­ence, It­a­ly.

Green-Wood Ce­me­te­ry, Brook­lyn, New York.


Bethune gra­du­at­ed from Dick­in­son College, Car­lisle, Penn­syl­van­ia, in 1822, and stu­died the­ol­o­gy at Prince­ton Un­i­ver­si­ty.

In 1827 he be­came pas­tor of the Re­formed Dutch Church in Rhine­beck, New York. In 1830, he moved to Uti­ca, New York; to Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­vania, in 1834; and to Brook­lyn Heights, New York, in 1850.

He was of­fered the posts of chan­cel­lor of New York Un­i­ver­sity, and pro­vost of the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­van­ia, both of which he de­clined. Po­et Jess­ie G. Mc­Car­tee was his sis­ter.

Bethune’s works in­clude:

A. R. Van Nest ed­it­ed Beth­une’s Life and Let­ters in 1867.

  1. Almighty Spirit, The
  2. Come, Let Us Sing of Jesus
  3. Full Many a Year Has Sped
  4. It Is Not Death to Die
  5. Farewell to Thee, Brother
  6. Joy and Gladness, Joy and Gladness
  7. Light of the Immortal Father’s Glory
  8. O for the Happy Hour
  9. O Jesus, When I Think of Thee
  10. O Thou Who in Jordan
  11. There Is No Name So Sweet on Earth
  12. Tossed upon Life’s Raging Billow
  13. We Come, We Come with Loud Acclaim
  14. When Time Seems Short and Death Is Near
  1. It Is Not Death to Die