1834–1903
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Ap­ril 6, 1834, New Ha­ven, Con­nec­ti­cut.

No­vem­ber 20, 1903, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Ken­si­co Ce­me­te­ry, Val­hal­la, New York.

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Hart was the hus­band of Har­ri­et P. Col­a­han.

When he was eight years old, his fa­mi­ly moved to Sar­a­to­ga Springs, New York, where he stu­died mu­sic with Dr. L. E. Whit­ing.

Later, Danks worked as a car­pen­ter in his fa­ther’s con­struct­ion bu­si­ness for while, but short­ly be­gan a full time mu­sic ca­reer, com­pos­ing, sing­ing, and lead­ing chor­al groups.

In 1864, he moved to New York Ci­ty. In 1892, he pub­lished Su­per­i­or An­thems for Church Choirs.

The next year, he pub­lished his best known song, Sil­ver Threads Among the Gold (words by Eben Rex­ford), which sold over three mil­lion co­pies. Hav­ing sold the rights to it, though, he died pen­ni­less in a board­ing house. His last writ­ten words: It’s hard to die alone.

  1. Not Ash­amed of Christ, 1893
  1. Alicante
  2. Avoca
  3. Balclutha
  4. Bangalore
  5. Blackwell
  6. Christ Is King
  7. Delphine
  8. Happy Fac­es
  9. Hark! He Is Call­ing
  10. I’ll Praise Him While I Live
  11. Jesus of Na­za­reth, Heal­er of Men
  12. Lake Street
  13. Little Child­ren, Come Away
  14. Lord in Zi­on Reign­eth, The
  15. Monterey
  16. No Night There
  17. Northridge
  18. Precious Sto­ry, The
  19. Rapid Ci­ty
  20. Singing, Light and Free
  21. Spitta
  22. Trifle Not
  23. Waiting Sav­ior, The
  24. Will There Be Light for Me?

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