May 14, 1752, Northampton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Jan­u­a­ry 11, 1817, New Ha­ven, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Grove Street Ce­me­te­ry, New Haven, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Dwight was a man for all seasons: An ordained Con­gre­ga­tion­al minister, grandson of preacher Jonathan Edwards, personal friend of American President George Washington, and Army chaplain. He began reading the Bible at age four, and secretly learned Latin despite his father’s prohibition. In 1785, he published the 11-volume Conquest of Canaan. In 1787, he received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Princeton Un­i­ver­si­ty. In 1795, he became president of Yale Un­i­ver­si­ty (where, like his grandfather Jonathan Edwards, he matriculated at age 13). He helped found the Andover The­o­lo­gi­cal Sem­in­a­ry—the first seminary in New Englandin 1809.

Dwight’s accomplishments are amazing considering his medical handicap. A smallpox inoculation actually gave him the disease, and affected his sight. For almost four decades, he could read only 15 minutes at a time, and was plagued by constant, agonizing pain at the back of his eyes. He eventually died of cancer after serving as president of Yale Un­i­ver­si­ty for 22 years.

Dwight’s works in­clude:

  1. Again My Tongue Thy Silence
  2. As Down a Lone Valley
  3. As Pants the Hart for Cooling Streams
  4. Behold, the Judge Descends
  5. Bless, O Thou Western World, Thy God
  6. Blest Be the Lord, Who Heard My Prayer
  7. By Babel’s Stream the Captives Sat
  8. Cease, Cease, Ye Vain, Desponding Fears
  9. Columbia! Columbia! to Glory Arise
  10. Down at the Cross of Christ
  11. Faith Sees the Bright, Eternal Doors
  12. For Her My Tears Shall Fall
  13. Giddy World, with Flattering Tongue, The
  14. God Bless Our Native Land
  15. How Bright Thy Glories Beam
  16. How Pleasing Is the Voice
  17. I Love Thy Church, O God!
  18. I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord
  19. I Love Thy Zion, Lord
  20. I Love Your Church, O Lord
  21. I Saw Beyond the Tomb
  22. In Barren Wilds Shall Living Waters Spring
  23. In Zion’s Sacred Gates
  24. Just o’er the Grave I Hung
  25. Lord, in These Dark and Dismal Days
  26. Lord of All Worlds
  27. Lord, to Thy Sacred House
  28. My God Defend My Cause
  29. My God, Preserve My Soul
  30. My God, While Impious Men
  31. No War Nor Battle’s Sound
  32. Now, to Thy Sacred House
  33. O God Attend, While Hosts of Foes
  34. O God of Grace, My Cry Attend
  35. O God of My Sal­va­tion, Hear
  36. O How Shall I Repay the Bounties?
  37. O Lord of Hosts, for Jesus’ Sake
  38. O Lord, Our Lord Most High
  39. O Lord, the God of Heaven and Earth
  40. O Save Thy Servants, Lord
  41. O Thou Preserver of Mankind
  42. O Thou, the Only Good and Great
  43. O Thou Whose Hand the Kingdom Sways
  44. O Thou Whose Scepter Earth and Seas Obey
  45. Oh Haste, with Every Gift Inspired
  46. Our Rulers, Lord, with Songs of Praise
  47. Save Me from Evil Men
  48. Save Me from My Foes
  49. Serene I Laid Me Down
  50. Shall Man, O God of Love and Light
  51. Sing to the Lord Most High
  52. Stretched on the Bed of Grief
  53. Thou Hearest, Omniscient Lord
  54. Thy Praise, O Lord, Our Thankful Songs Renew
  55. To Bless the Lord Let Every Land
  56. To Bless the Lord Our God in Strains Divine
  57. To Heaven Let All My Sacred
  58. To Heaven’s High King
  59. To Thee, My King, My God of Grace
  60. We Love Your Kingdom, Lord
  61. We Love Your Realm, O God
  62. When God in Wrath Shall Rise
  63. When Men of Mischief Rise
  64. While God Invites, How Blest the Day
  65. While Life Prolongs Its Precious Light
  66. Why Do the Wealthy Wicked Boast of Sin?
  67. Word in Season, Spoke with Power, A
  68. Ye Chiefs and Kings to God
  69. Ye Nations Round the Northern Sea
  70. Ye Sinners, Fear the Lord
  71. Ye Sons of Men in God Rejoice
  72. You Sinners, Fear the Lord