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. I Will Go and Tell My Savior
  47. If Any Man Hear
  48. If I Come to Jesus
  49. If the Savior Journey with Me
  50. Into the Depths of the Sea
  51. Is It Nothing to Thee?
  52. Is It There?
  53. Istanbul
  54. Jacob’s Dream
  55. Jesus Calls Thee
  56. Jesus Is Passing This Way
  57. Jesus the Way
  58. Jesus Was a Child Like Me
  59. Keep Me Wholly Thine
  60. King of Zion
  61. Labor On
  62. Lay It Down
  63. Let Your Light Shine Out
  64. Lion of Judah, The
  65. Little Talk with Jesus, A
  66. Make Me a Blessing Today
  67. Midlane
  68. Moments of Prayer
  69. More and More I Need Thee
  70. More Like Jesus
  71. More Love to Thee, O Christ
  72. Mother’s Goodbye, The
  73. Mount Merapi
  74. My Precious Bible
  75. Near the Cross
  76. Never Will I Cease to Love Him
  77. No Tears in Heaven
  78. O Come, Sinner, Come
  79. On the Wings of the Morn
  80. One Blessèd Hour with Jesus
  81. Only a Little Way
  82. Only a Step
  83. Only One Name
  84. Only Thee
  85. Only Thy Garment’s Hem
  86. Our Festive Song
  87. Out of Bondage
  88. Pardon at the Cross
  89. Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior
  90. Pilgrim’s Journey, The
  91. Precious Name
  92. Preston
  93. Prodigal Child, The
  94. Pure Within
  95. Red Oak
  96. Rescue
  97. Rest in Jesus
  98. Rest over Jordan
  99. Richmond Park
  100. Sacred Fountain
  101. Safe in the Arms of Jesus
  102. Saved by the Blood
  103. Savior, More Than Life
  104. Scatter Kind Words All Around You
  105. Sentinel upon the Heights
  106. Shelter of God’s Love, The
  107. Some Sweet Day, By and By
  108. Sound the Alarm!
  109. Speed for Thy Life
  110. Stand by the Right
  111. Sweet Voice, The
  112. Tell It to Jesus
  113. Tell Me the Old, Old Story
  114. There Is Peace
  115. There’s Life at the Open Door
  116. They That Overcome
  117. This I Know
  118. Though Your Sins Be as Scarlet
  119. Till the Savior Comes
  120. ’Tis Not Far to Jesus
  121. ’Tis the Blessèd Hour of Prayer
  122. To God Be the Glory
  123. To Jesus I Will Go
  124. To the Work
  125. Too Late
  126. Tread Softly
  127. Tried and True
  128. Trust in the Promise
  129. Trusting and Hoping
  130. Trusting Jesus
  131. ’Twill Not Be Long
  132. Two Commandments, The
  133. Vision
  134. We All Can Do Something for Jesus
  135. We Praise Thee
  136. Welcome Hour of Prayer
  137. We’ll Battle to the End
  138. We’ll Give Our Hearts to Jesus
  139. What Wilt Thou Have Me to Do?
  140. When the Burden Bearer Came
  141. Why Do the Holy Angels Sing?
  142. Will Jesus Find Us Watching?
  143. Will You Come to the Cross?
  144. Yale