September 3, 1850, St. Louis, Missouri.

November 4, 1895, Chicago, Illinois.

Originally at Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois; reinterred at the Church of the Holy Comforter, Kenilworth, Illinois.


A journalist, Field was educated at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and the University of Missouri, and wrote mostly for children. Specimens of his hymns are in Horder’s Treasury of American Sacred Song, 1900. His include:

  1. Bethlehem-Town
  2. Christmas Morning
  3. Dearest, How It Is to Say
  4. Last Night, as My Dear Babe Lay Dead
  5. O Hush Thee, Little Dear-My-Soul
  6. Sing, Christmas Bells!
  7. There Burns a Star o’er Bethlehem Town
  8. Three Kings of Cologne, The
  9. Why Do Bells at Christmas Ring?