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