April 29, 1832, Willimantic, Connecticut.


A Baptist minister, Brown pastored churches in South Framingham and Canton, Massachusetts (1859-70). Retiring from pastoral work due to vocal disability, he was a contributor and editor of the Youth’s Companion for more than 40 years, and a member of the office staff for the last 20. Between 1880 and 1890, he contributed hymns more or less regularly to the quartet and antiphonal chorus service at the Ruggles Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts. His works include:

  1. Banner of Immanuel
  2. Go On, Go On, My Brother!
  3. Harvest Home
  4. He Rose! O Morn of Wonder!
  5. Life’s Annual Twelve O’clock
  6. Like Stars That Hide at Morning
  7. O Short Was His Slumber
  8. Ring Out Your Pure Hosannas
  9. What Tho’ I’m but a Child
  10. Ye Winds That Once by Chebar’s Flood