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