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