September 15, 1855, Neuenheim, Germany.

August 3, 1933, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Northwood Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Though blinded by an eye infection at age eight, Geibel was a successful composer, conductor, and organist. Emigrating from Germany probably around 1864, he studied at the Philadelphia Institute for the Blind, and wrote a number of Gospel songs, anthems, cantatas, etc. He founded the Adam Geibel Music Company, which later evolved into the Hall-Mack Company, then merged to become the Rodeheaver Hall-Mack Company. He was well known for secular songs like Kentucky Babe and Sleep, Sleep, Sleep. In 1885, Geibel organized the J. B. Stetson Mission. He conducted the Stetson Chorus of Philadelphia, and was a music instructor at the Pennsylvania Institution for the Instruction of the Blind (1884-1901). His works include:

  1. Savior Is Risen for You and for Me, The
  1. Anglesey
  2. As We March Beneath His Banner
  3. Beautiful Waters of Eden
  4. Bethesda
  5. Blessèd Book, The
  6. Caridad
  7. Carry the Light
  8. Columbia Heights
  9. Dearer Than Heaven
  10. Dugdale
  11. Easter Bells
  12. El Cobre
  13. Finger Lakes
  14. Glens Falls
  15. Hail the Lord of Glory
  16. Heavenly Power
  17. He’ll Drive All the Shadows Away
  18. I Belong to Jesus
  19. I Love to Think of Jesus
  20. I’m Going Home at Last
  21. Joyful Song, The
  22. Lake District
  23. Let the Gospel Light Shine Out
  24. Linköping
  25. Make Me More Like Jesus
  26. Marching with the Heroes
  27. Mighty Conqueror, The
  28. Mont Blanc
  29. Nearer Every Day
  30. O Beautiful Blossom of Pity!
  31. Open Thy Heart
  32. Praise the Name of Christ
  33. Resignation
  34. Rosario
  35. Shout Forth the Tidings
  36. Sleep, My Little Jesus
  37. Some Day He’ll Make It Plain
  38. Someone Must Tell the Glad Story
  39. Songs of the Kingdom
  40. Stand Up for Jesus
  41. Sverdrup
  42. Sweet Old Story
  43. That Means Me
  44. Tucson
  45. We Rally Today
  46. What Will You Do?