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