October 19, 1840, Marblehead, Massachusetts.

December 11, 1904, Brooklyn, New York. His hymn It Singeth Low in Every Heart was sung to the tune Auld Lang Syne at his funeral.

Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead, Massachusetts.


Chadwick was the son of John White Chadwick (1809-1896) and Jane Stanley, and husband of Annie Hathaway.

He attended the Normal School in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in July 1864. In December 1864, he was ordained as minister of the Second Unitarian Church in Brooklyn, New York, and served there four decades.

He was a frequent contributor to the Christian Examiner, The Radical, Old and New, and Harper’s Magazine, and published numerous poems in American periodicals. He was widely known for his sermons, which were published in a series of volumes. His other works include:

  1. Another Year of Setting Suns
  2. Come, Let Us Sing a Tender Song
  3. Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round
  4. Everlasting Holy One
  5. Gentle Tumult in the Earth, A
  6. It Singeth Low in Every Heart
  7. Now Sing We a Song for the Harvest
  8. O God, We Come Not as of Old
  9. O Love Divine of All That Is
  10. O Thou, Whose Perfect Goodness Crowns
  11. Thou Glorious God, Before Whose Face
  12. Thou Whose Spirit Dwells in All
  13. What Has Drawn Us Thus Apart?