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. Montauk
  15. New Ha­ven
  16. Oberlin (ar­rang­er)
  17. Ortonville
  18. Retreat
  19. Robinson
  20. Romberg
  21. Toplady
  22. Zion