February 3, 1832, Preston, Connecticut.

December 23, 1915, South Orange, New Jersey. Doane was living in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, at the time of his death.

Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.


A gifted musician, Doane helped direct music while attending the Woodstock Academy; within two years he had published his first composition. Although he called music his avocation, he produced over 2,000 hymn tunes in his lifetime. However, his main trade was secular: He was president of the J. A. Fay woodworking machinery company, and an extremely successful businessman. He also served as Sunday School superintendent and choir director at the Mount Auburn Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, and bequeathed large sums to various causes. The Doane Memorial Music Building at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, was named after him. His works include:

  1. All-Seeing Eye, The
  2. Christ Was Born in Bethlehem
  3. Deeper Love
  4. Feast of Blessing
  5. Like a Bird to Thee
  6. No One Knows but Jesus
  7. Pray for the Blessing
  8. Sounding the Watch-Cry
  9. When We All Get Home to Glory
  1. Adoration
  2. Alstyne
  3. Avalon
  4. Baton Rouge
  5. Beautiful Vale of Rest
  6. Beautiful Witness
  7. Benjamin
  8. Bethesda Is Open
  9. Birkenhead
  10. Bless This Hour of Prayer
  11. Blessed Are They That Believe
  12. Blessed Feast, The
  13. Children Sing
  14. Choose Ye Today
  15. Christian Brother, o’er the Main
  16. Church of Christ, O Sleep No More
  17. City of Gold
  18. Clinging to Jesus
  19. Colby
  20. Come, Great Deliverer, Come!
  21. Cross of Jesus
  22. Dalmatia
  23. Dear Sabbath Home
  24. Dew of Mercy
  25. Do All the Good You Can
  26. Donora
  27. Durban
  28. Evangel
  29. Faith in Jesus
  30. Few More Marchings Weary, A
  31. First Commandment
  32. Fly to the Ark of Rest
  33. Good Old Way, The
  34. Good Shepherd, The
  35. Guard the Bible Well
  36. Haiti
  37. Hand in Hand
  38. Hark! There Comes a Whisper
  39. He Gave His Life for Thee
  40. Help Us to Labor On
  41. Hide Me
  42. His Words Are True
  43. Hour by Hour
  44. I Am Anchored Safe
  45. I Am Thine, O Lord
  46. If Any Man Hear
  47. If I Come to Jesus
  48. If the Savior Journey with Me
  49. Into the Depths of the Sea
  50. Is It Nothing to Thee?
  51. Is It There?
  52. Istanbul
  53. Jacob’s Dream
  54. Jesus Calls Thee
  55. Jesus Is Passing This Way
  56. Jesus the Way
  57. Jesus Was a Child Like Me
  58. Keep Me Wholly Thine
  59. King of Zion
  60. Labor On
  61. Lay It Down
  62. Let Your Light Shine Out
  63. Lion of Judah, The
  64. Little Talk with Jesus, A
  65. Make Me a Blessing Today
  66. Midlane
  67. Moments of Prayer
  68. More and More I Need Thee
  69. More Like Jesus
  70. More Love to Thee, O Christ
  71. Mother’s Goodbye, The
  72. Mount Merapi
  73. My Precious Bible
  74. Near the Cross
  75. Never Will I Cease to Love Him
  76. No Tears in Heaven
  77. O Come, Sinner, Come
  78. On the Wings of the Morn
  79. One Blessèd Hour with Jesus
  80. Only a Little Way
  81. Only a Step
  82. Only One Name
  83. Only Thee
  84. Only Thy Garment’s Hem
  85. Our Festive Song
  86. Out of Bondage
  87. Pardon at the Cross
  88. Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
  89. Pilgrim’s Journey, The
  90. Precious Name
  91. Preston
  92. Prodigal Child, The
  93. Pure Within
  94. Red Oak
  95. Rescue
  96. Rest in Jesus
  97. Rest over Jordan
  98. Richmond Park
  99. Sacred Fountain
  100. Safe in the Arms of Jesus
  101. Saved by the Blood
  102. Savior, More Than Life
  103. Scatter Kind Words All Around You
  104. Sentinel upon the Heights
  105. Shelter of God’s Love, The
  106. Some Sweet Day, By and By
  107. Sound the Alarm!
  108. Speed for Thy Life
  109. Stand by the Right
  110. Sweet Voice, The
  111. Tell It to Jesus
  112. Tell Me the Old, Old Story
  113. There Is Peace
  114. There’s Life at the Open Door
  115. They That Overcome
  116. This I Know
  117. Though Your Sins Be as Scarlet
  118. Till the Savior Comes
  119. ’Tis Not Far to Jesus
  120. ’Tis the Blessèd Hour of Prayer
  121. To God Be the Glory
  122. To Jesus I Will Go
  123. To the Work
  124. Too Late
  125. Tread Softly
  126. Tried and True
  127. Trust in the Promise
  128. Trusting and Hoping
  129. Trusting Jesus
  130. ’Twill Not Be Long
  131. Two Commandments, The
  132. Vision
  133. We All Can Do Something for Jesus
  134. We Praise Thee
  135. Welcome Hour of Prayer
  136. We’ll Battle to the End
  137. We’ll Give Our Hearts to Jesus
  138. What Wilt Thou Have Me to Do?
  139. When the Burden Bearer Came
  140. Why Do the Holy Angels Sing?
  141. Will Jesus Find Us Watching?
  142. Will You Come to the Cross?
  143. Yale