1813–1905

August 12, 1813, London, England.

April 7, 1905, Brockport, New York.

Manlius Village Cemetery, Manlius, New York.

Son of John and Anne Greenwood Graley, at age 19, Graley and an older brother sailed from Liverpool, reaching New York City after a five week voyage. He worked as a cobbler for several years, then at age 25 made a public confession of faith in the Presbyterian Church at Wampsville, New York, and gave himself to Christian ministry. He studied at the Hamilton Academy, then entered Princeton Seminary in 1840. In June 1843, he married Alley Maria Van Eps at Geneva, New York; she died three months later. Graley was licensed September 4, 1844, by the Presbytery of Onondoga (later Syracuse) and ordained on Christmas Day, 1844.

Graley served as pastor of the Congregational Church at Lenox, New York, until June 12, 1856. While there, he married his second wife, Margaret Ann Dies (died 1860). He went on to serve churches in Pompey Hill, New York (1857–63); Trinity Presbyterian Church, Manlius, New York (1863–69); Medina, New York (1869–70); Knowlesville, New York (1870–72), and was state supply and mission at Clarkson, New York (1872–78). He then retired, and lived in Clarkson until 1903, when he moved to Brockport, New York.

His wife Margaret died while they were in Pompey, leaving him with five small children. When he left Pompey, he took with him as his third wife, Catherine Melita Jerome of Pompey (died 1891). He is said to have written words or music for 150 hymns. His works include:

  1. All Is Well, All Is Well, for My Savior Is My Friend
  2. Arm, Soldiers, Arm
  3. As the Birds in Shady Wildwood
  4. Be the Matter What It May
  5. Beautiful Morning Star
  6. Believe It, Dear Children, That Now Is the Time
  7. Bethlehem Song, The
  8. Bound for a Home in the Goodly Land
  9. Brethren at the Mercy Seat
  10. Christ Is Born, and Heaven Rejoices
  11. Come Boys, Come Girls, Won’t You Volunteer?
  12. Come Seek the Shade
  13. Come to the Sabbath School
  14. Come Where the Wild Flowers Grow
  15. Dear Children, Heed the Shepherd’s Call
  16. Dear Jesus, My Shepherd, I Would in Thy Fold
  17. Don’t Think There Is Nothing for Children to Do
  18. Down the Stream of Life They Glide
  19. Faithful Shepherd, Meek and Mild
  20. Flowers of the Garden
  21. Go to the Mercy Seat
  22. Gone, Gone, Loved One, Gone from Our Home
  23. Happy New Year to Thee, Father, A
  24. Hark, ’Tis the Trumpet of Liberty Sounding
  25. Hasten to Calvary’s Mountain
  26. His Voice No More I Disregard
  27. Home, Dear Home, We Never Can Forget
  28. Home of the Blest, The
  29. Hosanna to the Son of David
  30. How Can I Be a Happy Child?
  31. How Small Are the Dewdrops
  32. How Sweet Are the Flowers
  33. I Am but a Little Child, and of Frolic Full
  34. I Know There’s a Crown for the Saints of Renown
  35. I Love a Little Child with His Sparkling Eye
  36. I Want to Love My Savior
  37. I’d Rather Be a Child of God
  38. If You Would Find Salvation
  39. I’m but a Pilgrim Here Below
  40. In Mansions Bright the Glorified Behold
  41. In Thy Childhood’s Sunny Morning
  42. Jesus, Be Near Me
  43. Jesus, How Can I but Love Thee?
  44. Jesus My Savior, Set Up Thy Throne
  45. Jesus, My Song Shall Be, O How He Loves
  46. Jesus, Savior, Friend Divine
  47. Jesus Sought and Saved Me When a Wandering Child
  48. Jesus Welcomes, When They’ve Crossed the River
  49. Let Us Daily Better Grow
  50. Let Us Work for the School with Our Hearts
  51. Little Child May Do Much Good, A
  52. Lo the Angel Band Descending
  53. Mother Dear, I’m Happy Now
  54. My Country, I Cherish Thee Still
  55. Never Mourn if Pain Or Loss
  56. Now Ever the Sunny Morn
  57. No Gaudy Glories Crown Thy Head
  58. No Longer at Ease Will I Slumber
  59. Now, Ere the Sunny Morn of Life Is O’er
  60. Now While the Heart’s Warm
  61. O Come, Let Us Sing to the Praise of the School
  62. O, Come to the Savior, Dear Children
  63. O Remember the Sabbath School
  64. O Say Not That the Christian Life
  65. O the Green Grass Waves
  66. O There Is a Beautiful City
  67. O There Is a Fountain That Never Is Dry
  68. O Think Not, Dear Children, Because You Are Young
  69. O Turn, Sinner, Turn to Thy Father and God
  70. O What Are the Sorrows That Burden?
  71. O Why Do I Find It So Hard to Do Right?
  72. O Why Will You Seek for a Portion Below?
  73. O’er the Flowing River
  74. Oh, Won’t You Be a Christian?
  75. Old, Old Year with Its Joys, The
  76. Once I Wandered on the Mountain
  77. Over the Mountains, Barren and Cold
  78. Press on Little Pilgrims and Never Give Up
  79. Prophets and Sages with Rapture
  80. Round the Throne in Glory
  81. Saints Above with Joy Beheld, The
  82. Send the Tidings of Salvation to the Heathen
  83. Shall We Meet in Heaven Above
  84. Strike, Strike Your Bright Harps
  85. Sun Shines Bright, and It Pours Its Light, The
  86. Sweetly Ringing Hear the Sabbath Bell
  87. There Came An Hour When All My Pride
  88. There Is a Rose Whose Beauties Grace
  89. There’s a Beauty in the Sunshine
  90. There’s a Bright Unfading Crown
  91. There’s Beauty in the Sunshine
  92. They Are Gone to the Land o’er the River
  93. This Life Is a Race, and Brief Is the Space
  94. This World Is Not My Home, I Know
  95. This World’s a Wilderness, and Dangers Cluster
  96. ’Tis the Sweet Spring Time
  97. To Toil and Pray in Heathen Lands
  98. Valleys and the Mountains, The
  99. Wake, Brother, Wake
  100. Walk in the Narrow Way
  101. We Are Homeward Bound
  102. We’re Marching to the Camp Above
  103. We’re Passing Along to Our Home in the Skies
  104. When Chasing the Phantoms
  105. When Grove and When Garden Have
  106. When Jesus, the Meek, and the Lowly, Was Here
  107. When Many to the Savior’s Feet
  108. When o’er Us Waves of Trouble
  109. When Panting Neath the Heavy Cross
  110. When We Are Twenty One Boys
  111. Winter’s Reign Is Over
  112. Would You Be a Christian Child?
  113. Wouldst Thou Save the Wanderer?
  114. Youthful Pilgrims, Whither Bound?
  115. Youthful Sinner, Though Less
  1. St. Euphrasia

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