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. God’s Way, His Will Be Done
  16. Hail the Lord of Glory
  17. Heavenly Power
  18. He’ll Drive All the Shadows Away
  19. I Belong to Jesus
  20. I Love to Think of Jesus
  21. I’m Going Home at Last
  22. Jamestown
  23. Joyful Song, The
  24. Lake District
  25. Let the Gospel Light Shine Out
  26. Linköping
  27. Make Me More Like Jesus
  28. Marching with the Heroes
  29. Mighty Conqueror, The
  30. Mont Blanc
  31. Nearer Every Day
  32. Never Alone
  33. O Beautiful Blossom of Pity!
  34. Open Thy Heart
  35. Praise the Name of Christ
  36. Resignation
  37. Rosario
  38. Shout Forth the Tidings
  39. Śląsk
  40. Sleep, My Little Jesus
  41. Some Day He’ll Make It Plain
  42. Someone Must Tell the Glad Story
  43. Songs of the Kingdom
  44. Stand Up for Jesus
  45. Sverdrup
  46. Sweet Old Story
  47. That Means Me
  48. Try to Carry Sunshine
  49. Tucson
  50. We Rally Today
  51. What Will You Do?