October 15, 1784, Washington, Connecticut.

May 15, 1872, New York City.

Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.


Thomas was the son of Seth Hast­ings, a country doctor and farmer, and husband of Mary Sey­mour.

He grew up a farm boy, walking six miles to school in the winter. He began his career as a music teacher. In 1823, he became editor of the Western Recorder in Uti­ca, New York. From 1832 until his death, Hast­ings trained choirs and developed religious music, penning almost 1,000 hymn tunes and 600 texts. His son, Tho­mas Sam­u­el Hast­ings (1827–1911), who became president of Union Theological Seminary in New York City, said of him:

He was a devout and earnest Christian, a hard student, and resolute worker, not laying aside his pen until three days before his death.

Hastings’ works include:

  1. Be Tranquil, O My Soul
  2. Before Thy Footstool Kneeling
  3. Bleeding Hearts Defiled by Sin
  4. Bright Angels on the Wing
  5. Child of Sin and Sorrow
  6. Child of Sorrow, Child of Care
  7. Children, Hear the Melting Story
  8. Delay Not, O Sinner, Draw Near
  9. Drooping Souls, No Longer Mourn
  10. Dying Souls, Fast Bound in Sin
  11. Father, We for Our Children Plead
  12. For Those in Bonds as Bound with Them
  13. Forbid Them Not, the Savior Cried
  14. Forget Thyself, Christ Bids Thee Come
  15. Forgive My Folly, O Lord Most Holy
  16. Forgive Us, Lord, to Thee We Cry
  17. Gently, Lord, O Gently Lead Us
  18. Go Forth on Wings of Fervent Prayer
  19. Go, Tune Thy Voice to Sacred Song
  20. God of Mercy, Hear Our Prayer
  21. God of the Morning Ray
  22. God of the Nations, Bow Thine Ear
  23. Hail to the Brightness of Zion’s Glad Morning!
  24. He That Goeth Forth with Weeping
  25. Heirs of an Immortal Crown
  26. How Calm and Beautiful the Morn
  27. Hosanna to the King
  28. How Tender Is Thy Hand
  29. I Look to Thee, O Lord, Alone
  30. I Love the Lord, Whose Gracious Ear
  31. In This Calm, Impressive Hour
  32. In Time of Fear, When Trouble’s Near
  33. Jesus, Full of Every Grace
  34. Jesus, Merciful and Mild
  35. Jesus, Save My Dying Soul
  36. Jesus, While Our Hearts Are Bleeding
  37. Lord, I Would Come to Thee
  38. Lord Jehovah Lives, The
  39. Lord of the Harvest, Bend Thine Ear
  40. Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned
  41. Now Be the Gospel Banner
  42. Now from Labor and from Care
  43. O God of Abraham, Hear
  44. O Lord, Behold Us at Thy Feet
  45. O Savior, Lend a Listening Ear
  46. O Tell Me, Thou Life and Delight of My Soul
  47. O Why Should Gloomy Thoughts Arise?
  48. Peace, Peace, I Leave with You
  49. Peace to Thee, O Favored One
  50. Pilgrims in This Vale of Sorrow
  51. Return, O Wanderer, to Thy Home
  52. Rosy Light Is Dawning, The
  53. Savior Bids Us Watch and Pray, The
  54. Savior, Hear Us Through Thy Merit
  55. Savior, I Look to Thee
  56. Savior of Our Ruined Race
  57. Savior, Thy Gentle Voice
  58. Soft and Holy Is the Place
  59. That Warning Voice, O Sinner, Hear
  60. They Have Gone to the Land
  61. Thou God of Sovereign Grace
  62. Today the Savior Calls
  63. Wherever Two or Three May Meet
  64. Why That Look of Sadness
  65. Why That Soul’s Commotion?
  66. Within These Quiet Walls, O Lord
  67. Zion, Dreary and in Anguish
  1. Ainsworth
  2. Ava
  3. Bremen
  4. Broughton
  5. Byefield
  6. Fox
  7. Franconia
  8. Haven
  9. Illinois
  10. Invitation
  11. Kandy
  12. Luther
  13. Monson
  14. New Haven
  15. Oberlin (arranger)
  16. Ortonville
  17. Retreat
  18. Robinson
  19. Romberg
  20. Toplady
  21. Zion