Born: Jan­u­a­ry 23, 1839, near Mar­cel­lus, New York.

Died: Au­gust 1, 1896, Ches­ter­field, In­di­a­na.

Buried: Burr Oak Town­ship Ce­me­te­ry, Burr Oak, Mi­chi­gan.

Pseudonym: C. L. Jack­son.



Davis tra­veled ex­ten­sive­ly, liv­ing at dif­fer­ent times in Mar­cel­lus, New York; Vicks­burg, Mis­sis­sip­pi; Bal­ti­more, Mar­y­land; Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio; and Burr Oak and Find­ley, Mi­chi­gan.

He taught voice and in­stru­ment­al class­es, had charge of choirs in var­i­ous plac­es, and sang ma­ny so­los. He ne­ver marr­ied.

His first pub­lished com­po­si­tion ap­peared in Wa­ver­ly Mag­a­zine.


  1. Abide with Me, O Bless­èd Lord
  2. All Along the Way­side
  3. All Glo­ry to Je­sus, My Sav­ior and Lord
  4. All Glo­ry to Je­sus, the Ris­en Lord
  5. All the Way the Sav­ior Leads Me
  6. Anywhere, Ev­ery­where, Some­thing to Do
  7. Anywhere the Bless­èd Sav­ior Leads Me
  8. Are You Sit­ting at Ease?
  9. Army of God, The
  10. Army of Je­sus Is March­ing, The
  11. As We’ve Sown, So Shall We Reap
  12. As You Jour­ney Let Your Foots­teps Lead
  13. At the Cross Where Je­sus Died
  14. Awake, Arise, Go Forth
  15. Awake, Ye Sol­diers of the Cross
  16. Behold, I Stand at the Door
  17. Bethesda Is Open
  18. Blessed Lord, Thy In­vi­ta­tion
  19. Blood of Je­sus Frees from Sin, The
  20. Boldly Stand for Christ
  21. Bright Ed­en Land
  22. Brightest Glo­ry to the Fa­ther
  23. Briskly o’er the Froz­en Snow
  24. By the Help of God, We’ll En­dea­vor
  25. By the Way of the Cross We’re Go­ing
  26. Can You Stand for Christ?
  27. Christ Has Shed His Blood for Me
  28. Christians, Speed Away
  29. Cleansed and Re­deemed
  30. Closer to Thee, O Christ
  31. Come Away to the Rock
  32. Come, Come to the Sav­ior
  33. Come to Je­sus, Youth­ful Pil­grims
  34. Come to Me, Sav­ior
  35. Come to the Foun­tain
  36. Do Not Fal­ter, Bro­ther
  37. Draw Me Still Clos­er, Dear Sav­ior
  38. Drawing Near­er Ev­ery Day
  39. Ev’ry Day Brings Us Near­er
  40. Far Be­yond the Roll­ing Surg­es
  41. Father of Mer­cies, I Come
  42. Fear Not, I Am with Thee
  43. Firm and Unit­ed We Ever March Along
  44. Forget Not the Sav­ior
  45. From the Grave Our Lord Has Ris­en
  46. Gather, O Ga­ther Up the Jewe­ls
  47. Gather the Child­ren from Near and Far
  48. Gather Them In
  49. Gathered Home from the Ills of Life
  50. Gathering Home­ward to Man­sions Above
  51. Give Me the Wings of a Dove
  52. Give Thanks and Re­joice
  53. Give to Me the Glo­ri­ous Fa­vor
  54. Go Tell the Wan­der­er
  55. Go to the Souls That Are Lost and Per­ish­ing
  56. God Is Call­ing You in Tones of Love
  57. Gone, Gone to the Beau­ti­ful Land
  58. Great Phy­si­cian on Jer­i­cho’s Road, The
  59. Hark, the An­gel Choirs
  60. Hark, ’Tis the Voice of the Sav­ior Call­ing
  61. Harvest Is Pass­ing, The
  62. Haste Thee Away to the Foun­tain
  63. Have Ye Heard of the Rul­er That Came by Night?
  64. Have You Heard of That Won­der­ful Je­sus?
  65. Have You Read in the Scrip­tures?
  66. Hear the Joy­ful Mes­sage
  67. Hear the Mas­ter Call­ing Now for La­bor­ers
  68. Hear the Voice of Je­sus
  69. Here We See Through the Glass Dark­ly
  70. Hide Me, O My Sav­ior
  71. Hide Me Safe­ly in Thy Sha­dow
  72. How Could You Meet Your Sav­ior?
  73. I Am Cling­ing to the Rock of Safety
  74. I Am Rea­dy, Wait­ing, Sav­ior
  75. I Am Shel­tered in Thee
  76. I Am Trust­ing Thee, Lord Je­sus
  77. I Come, Just as I Am
  78. I Go Re­joic­ing in the Love
  79. I Go Sing­ing on My Pil­grim Way
  80. I Had Wan­dered Afar from the Fold
  81. I Had Wan­dered Far Away, and My Heart
  82. I Had Wan­dered Long in Dark­ness
  83. I Have a Friend, a Pre­cious Friend
  84. I Have a Friend to Whom I Go
  85. I Have Bathed in the Fount for the Cleans­ing of Sin
  86. I Have Found a Pre­cious Friend Whose Name
  87. I Have Heard a Mes­sage Sweet
  88. I Have Won­drous­ly Been Saved from Sin
  89. I Know in Whom I Have Re­demp­tion
  90. I Know That My Re­deem­er Liveth
  91. I Re­joice Now to Know
  92. I Think of a Land, a Beau­ti­ful Land
  93. I Will Fol­low, Fol­low Je­sus
  94. I Will Go in the Strength of the Lord
  95. I Will Tell the Sto­ry
  96. If An­y­one Will Hear My Voice
  97. If Friend­less, For­sak­en
  98. I’ll Sing the Praise of Je­sus, My Sav­ior
  99. I’m the Child of a King
  100. In His Name Go We Forth
  101. In Sea­sons of Des­pair and Grief
  102. In the Cross of Christ I Glo­ry
  103. In the Fields of Life’s Great Har­vest
  104. In the Name of Je­sus Go We
  105. In the Realms of Glo­ry Wait­ing
  106. In the Shel­ter of the Rock Let Me Rest
  107. In the Vine­yard of the Lord Go Work Today
  108. Into Our Sab­bath Home
  109. Is It Far, Is It Far
  110. I’ve an An­chor Strong
  111. Jesus Died for Sin­ful Men
  112. Jesus Giv­eth the Vic­to­ry
  113. Jesus Is a Pre­cious Friend
  114. Jesus Is Call­ing
  115. Jesus Is Knock­ing at the Door of Your Heart
  116. Jesus Is Pre­cious, Pre­cious to Me
  117. Jesus Is Ten­der­ly Call­ing
  118. Jesus Is the King of Kings
  119. Jesus Is Wait­ing So Near
  120. Jesus Saves and Makes Me Whole
  121. Jesus Saves, O Waft the News
  122. Jesus Shed His Pre­cious Blood
  123. Jesus So Ten­der­ly Calls
  124. Jesus, the Beau­ti­ful Sun­shine
  125. Jesus Waits for You at the Gold­en Gate
  126. Jesus Wants Work­ers
  127. Jesus, Whose Dwell­ing Is the Skies
  128. Journeying On­ward with the Lord
  129. Joy, Joy, Joy To­day
  130. Joyfully Again We Meet
  131. Joyously On
  132. Keep on Pray­ing, Bro­ther
  133. Keep Your Pledge with Je­sus
  134. King in His Glo­ry, The
  135. Labor on in the Cause of the Lord
  136. Last Call of Me­rcy, The
  137. Lead Me, Sav­ior
  138. Lead Them, My God, to Thee
  139. Lead Us, Tender Shep­herd
  140. Let Me Cling to Thee
  141. Let the Child­ren of Zi­on Be Joy­ful in Their King
  142. Let the Light of Truth Go Gleam­ing
  143. Let Us Build on the Rock
  144. Let Us Up and Away to the Vine­yard
  145. Let Your Trust Be Je­sus’ Love
  146. Life Is but a Pass­ing Va­por
  147. Lift Up Your Eyes, O Watch­man
  148. Lift Up Your Voic­es in Tri­umph
  149. List, a Sweet Voice from Above
  150. Look to Je­sus Dy­ing One
  151. Look un­to Me and Be Ye Saved
  152. Lord Has Paid the Debt, The
  153. Lord, I Care Not for Rich­es
  154. Lord Je­sus, Make Me Whole
  155. Lord of the Har­vest, Send Forth Reap­ers
  156. Marching On, an Army Strong and Grand
  157. Master Hath Need of the Reap­ers, The
  158. Messiah Comes!
  159. Mid the Break­ers I Am Drift­ing
  160. More Like Thee
  161. My Voice Thou Shalt Hear in the Morn­ing
  162. Nearer the Cross of Je­sus
  163. Neath the Ban­ner of the Cross
  164. No Re­fuge but Thee, O Father of All
  165. O Come to Je­sus and Live
  166. O Come to the Foun­tain
  167. O Idler, Why Loi­ter the Bright Hours Away?
  168. O Rock in the De­sert, I Fly un­to Thee
  169. O Thou Son of Ma­ry
  170. O, to Be Rea­dy
  171. O Touch It Not, for Deep With­in
  172. O Wan­d’rer, Re­turn
  173. O What a Won­der­ful Sav­ior Have I in Je­sus
  174. O Who Will Be a Mes­sen­ger?
  175. Oh, How Sweet Are the Mo­ments of Pray­er
  176. Oh the Gos­pel Truth Shines
  177. Oh, We Love to Hear the Chim­ing
  178. On a Firm Foun­da­tion
  179. On, On, to the Res­cue
  180. On the Rock of Faith Are You Build­ing?
  181. On the Thresh­old Stand­ing
  182. On What Are You Build­ing?
  183. Only Go­ing Home
  184. Only the Sav­ior Can Guide
  185. Onward, Chris­tian Sol­diers, Go
  186. Onward Sol­diers, On­ward to the Fray
  187. Onward Thro’ Tri­als and Cares I Will Go
  188. Onward, Up­ward, Ev­er
  189. Open the Win­dows To­ward Je­ru­sa­lem
  190. Out from the High­ways
  191. Out of Christ
  192. Over Ju­dea’s Rugg­ed Hills
  193. Over the Ri­ver of Jor­dan We’ll Meet
  194. Over the Ri­ver, to Man­sions So Fair
  195. Pass Me Not, O Sav­ior, Pass Me Not By
  196. Penitent, Sin-Con­fess­ing One, to Je­sus Came
  197. Pilgrim Through This Bar­ren Land
  198. Praise Be to the Sav­ior
  199. Praise, Praise the Lord
  200. Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord
  201. Praise Ye the Lord, Ye Ran­somed and Red­eemed Ones
  202. Precious Pro­mise by Je­sus, The
  203. Raise the Gleam­ing Ban­ner High
  204. Rejoice in the Lord and Ex­alt His Name
  205. Remembered No More
  206. Ring, Ring the Bells
  207. Ring the Bells of Hea­ven!
  208. Rise, Soul Op­pressed, He Calle­th for Thee
  209. Safe at Home with Je­sus
  210. Sailing on We’re Sail­ing On
  211. Sailors on Life’s Trou­bled
  212. Save Me at the Cross of Je­sus
  213. Saved by His Won­der­ful Grace
  214. Savior, Again to Thy Dear Name We Raise
  215. Savior Is Long­ing Your Soul to Save, The
  216. Send the Joy­ful Pro­cla­ma­tion
  217. Send the News Along the Line
  218. Shall We Meet Be­yond the Ri­ver?
  219. Shall We Meet in Realms of Glo­ry?
  220. She but Touched the Hem
  221. Shine On, Bright Star
  222. Sing Glo­ry to God in the High­est
  223. Sing Glo­ry to the Dy­ing Lamb
  224. Sing of Je­sus and His Glo­ry
  225. Sing Sweet Car­ols
  226. Sing the Sweet Sto­ry That Ne­ver Grows Old
  227. Singing for Je­sus, Sav­ior
  228. Singing of Je­sus All the Way Along
  229. Some Day We Shall Be Sa­tis­fied
  230. Someone Is Knock­ing at Thy Heart’s Door
  231. Sowing for the An­gel Reap­ers
  232. Sowing, Sweet­ly, Ev­er Seeds of Kind­ness
  233. Sowing the Seed in the Morn­ing Light
  234. Spread the Joy­ful Tid­ings
  235. Still from the Sav­ior Far
  236. Sweet Peace I Have Found
  237. Sweet the Mu­sic of the Sab­bath
  238. Teach Us, O Shep­herd! True, the Way
  239. Tell It with Joy
  240. There Are Hearts That Are Sad
  241. There Is a Land Di­vine­ly Fair
  242. There Is a Voice So Sweet
  243. There Is Joy in Hea­ven When a Soul Re­turns
  244. There Is Life, Peace
  245. There Is Work to Do in the Fields of Sin
  246. There Will Be a Hap­py Meet­ing
  247. There’s a Beau­ti­ful City Whose Gates Are Gold
  248. There’s a Beau­ti­ful Land on the Other Shore
  249. There’s a Beau­ti­ful Land Where the An­gels Dwell
  250. There’s a Beau­ti­ful Land Which by Faith
  251. There’s a Ci­ty Whose Walls Are of Jas­per
  252. There’s a Hand That’s Writ­ing Now
  253. There’s a Land o’er the Ocean of Time
  254. There’s a Voice That Speaks
  255. There’s a Won­der­ful Sto­ry That Ne­ver Grows Old
  256. There’s an Ear­nest Call for Light
  257. There’s an Ev­il in the Land
  258. There’s On­ly One Way to the King­dom of God
  259. Though Your Sins May Be Red
  260. Through Our Faith in Christ the Lord
  261. Through the Val­ley He Will Lead Me
  262. ’Tis Je­sus Knocks at Your Heart’s Door
  263. To the Fount of Cleans­ing I Have Been
  264. To the King­dom of God We Are March­ing On
  265. Traveler, in This Dark­some Vale Be­low
  266. Trump of Joy Is Sound­ing, The
  267. Two Paths Lie Be­fore You to Jour­ney
  268. Up and Away to the Fields Rea­dy
  269. Up in the Morn­ing and Away to the Field
  270. Walking Daily with Thee Bless­èd
  271. Watch for the Mas­ter’s Com­ing
  272. We Are Glid­ing Away from the Vale of Time
  273. We Are Her­alds of a King
  274. We Are March­ing Home to Zi­on
  275. We Have Heard the Sav­ior Call­ing Far Away
  276. We Have Tak­en Up Our Stand
  277. We March Be­neath the Ban­ner
  278. We Pray for Thy Bless­ing, Dear Sav­ior
  279. We Read of a Beau­ti­ful Land
  280. We Read of a Land Bright and Ver­nal
  281. We Shall Know as We Are Known
  282. We Shall Meet on Yon­der
  283. We Shall Reach the Land of Light
  284. We Sing Thy Prais­es, O Zi­on Today
  285. We Will Fol­low When
  286. We’ll Trust Our Re­deem­er to Save
  287. We’re Child­ren of a King
  288. What Have I Done for Je­sus?
  289. What Must I Do to Be Saved?
  290. When in the Tem­pest He’ll Hide Us
  291. When Our Vine­yard Work
  292. When the Heart Grows Faint and Wea­ry
  293. When Tossed on the Waves of Life’s Sea
  294. When Wea­ry and Worn
  295. When Wea­ry with the Ills of Life
  296. Who Will Ac­know­ledge Christ as Their Sav­ior?
  297. Who Will Be Light Bear­ers?
  298. Who’ll Be Ready for the Har­vest?
  299. Will You Come to the Feast?
  300. Wise Will Build Their House up­on a Rock, The
  301. Wonderful Words God Has Spok­en
  302. Wondrous News, We’ll Raise the Song
  303. Wondrous Sto­ry I Will Sing, The
  304. Work, Hear the Mas­ter Say
  305. Wounded and Dy­ing on Jer­i­cho’s Road
  306. Ye Tempt­ed, Trou­bles, Sore­ly Tried
  307. Ye Who Are Seek­ing Eter­nal
  308. Ye Who Are Wan­der­ing in Path­ways
  309. Ye Who Bear a Weight of Sor­row
  310. Ye Who Long in Sin Have Wan­dered
  311. Yield, Ye Sin Strick­en
  1. All the Way
  2. As We’ve Sown, So Shall We Reap
  3. Be of Good Cheer
  4. Bismarck
  5. Bucaramanga
  6. Flash the Top Lights
  7. Home to the Land Above
  8. Hubei
  9. In Whom I Have Re­demp­tion
  10. Is My Name Writ­ten There?
  11. Kalimantan
  12. Keep Me Thine
  13. Lead Me, Sav­ior
  14. Nearer the Cross
  15. Neither Do I Con­demn Thee
  16. New South Wales
  17. O Bless­èd Bi­ble
  18. Shadow of the Rock, The
  19. Sheltered in Thee
  20. Some Day
  21. Tell It All
  22. Times Square
  23. We Pass This Way but Once
  24. Where the Wrecks Wash In