1838–1921
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Feb­ru­a­ry 27, 1838, Dun­can­non, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Sep­tem­ber 20, 1921, Pel­ham Court Ho­tel, Ger­man­town, Penn­syl­van­ia.

West Laur­el Hill Ce­me­te­ry, Ba­la Cyn­wyd, Penn­syl­van­ia.

An­nie F. Bourne

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William was the son of school teacher Thomas Kirkpatrick and Elizabeth Storey.

He grew up in a mu­si­cal at­mo­sphere, and in 1854, went to Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia, to study mu­sic and learn a trade. He spent over three years as a car­pen­ter, but was more in­ter­est­ed in mu­sic than me­chan­ics, de­vot­ing all his lei­sure time to its stu­dy. His am­bi­tion at the time was to be­come a vi­o­lin­ist.

In 1855, Kirk­pat­rick joined the Whar­ton Street Me­thod­ist Epis­co­pal Church in Phil­a­del­phia, and from then on de­vot­ed him­self most­ly to sac­red mu­sic, giv­ing his ser­vic­es to the choir and Sun­day school.

As there were few church or­gans in that day, his vi­o­lin and cel­lo were in con­stant de­mand for choir re­hear­sals, sing­ing so­ci­e­ties, and church pro­grams. Dur­ing this time he wrote a num­ber of un­pub­lished hymn tunes and an­thems.

Kirkpatrick mar­ried Su­san­na Doak in 1861, and had three child­ren with her, in­clud­ing hymn­ist May D. Kirk­pat­rick. Af­ter Su­san­na’s death, he mar­ried Sar­ah Lank­ford Kel­logg Bourne in 1893. Af­ter Sar­ah died in 1917, he mar­ried Liz­zie Swe­ney, wi­dow of John R. Swe­ney.

In 1861, at the start of the Am­er­i­can civil war, Kirk­pat­rick en­list­ed in the ar­my as a Fife Ma­jor. He was dis­charged the next year, ap­par­ent­ly be­cause of the act of Cong­ress end­ing re­gi­ment­al bands.

Kirkpatrick stu­died vo­cal mu­sic under Pro­fess­or T. Bi­shop, then a lead­ing or­a­tor­io and bal­lad sing­er. He be­came a mem­ber of the Har­mon­ia and Han­del and Haydn Sac­red Mu­sic So­ci­e­ties, where he heard the great­est sing­ers of the day and be­came fa­mil­iar with the prin­ci­pal cho­ral works of the great comp­os­ers.

Kirk­pat­rick’s first pub­lished com­po­si­tion was When the Spark of Life Is Wan­ing, which ap­peared around 1858 in the Mu­sic­al Pi­o­neer in New York. He went on to pub­lish about 50 hymn col­lect­ions, in­clud­ing:

  1. Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?
  1. Albuquerque
  2. Akolo
  3. All ov­er the World
  4. Alone with God
  5. Anaheim
  6. Annetta
  7. Are You Com­ing to the Feast?
  8. At the Mer­cy Seat
  9. Bangkok
  10. Beautiful Hills of Rest
  11. Beautiful Robes
  12. Beautiful Sab­bath
  13. Becontree
  14. Bells of Eter­ni­ty, The
  15. Beneath His Shel­ter­ing Wings
  16. Best of All
  17. Blackfriars
  18. Blessed Be the Name
  19. Blessèd Old Sto­ry of Love
  20. Blessing in Pray­er, A
  21. Braintree
  22. Buda
  23. Buried with Christ
  24. By Grace I Will
  25. Calling for You
  26. Calvary’s Stream Is Flow­ing
  27. Carradale
  28. Chillicothe
  29. Christ Is Ris­en
  30. City Be­yond, The
  31. Close to Thy Cross, O Christ
  32. Closer Walk with Thee
  33. Come, for All Things Are Rea­dy
  34. Come, Lord, and Let Thy Pow­er
  35. Come to Je­sus While You May
  36. Comforter Has Come, The
  37. Coming Home
  38. Companionship with Je­sus
  39. Cozumel
  40. Cradle Song
  41. Crispus
  42. Cuddalore
  43. Darmstadt
  44. Dear Je­sus, Canst Thou Help Me?
  45. Dear to the Heart of the Shep­herd
  46. Deeper Yet
  47. Dortmund
  48. Douala
  49. Dropping Pen­nies
  50. Every Word I Be­lieve
  51. Fall River
  52. Famous Ea­gle
  53. Farmington
  54. Father All Ho­ly
  55. For Christ and the Church
  56. Freedom in Je­sus
  57. Friesen
  58. Full Sur­ren­der
  59. Gathering Out of Tears
  60. Gdynia
  61. Gentle Shep­herd, Save Me Now
  62. Gibraltar
  63. Giggleswick
  64. Give Me Thy Heart
  65. Give to Je­sus Glo­ry
  66. Glory in My Soul
  67. Glory to God, Hal­le­lu­jah
  68. Go, Study the Bi­ble
  69. God So Loved the World
  70. God’s Word
  71. Golden Bells, The
  72. Grace Is Free
  73. Grand Old Sto­ry of Sal­va­tion, The
  74. Gujarat
  75. Hainault
  76. Hallelujah (Col­lins)
  77. Hallelujah! Amen!
  78. Happy Crown­ing Day, The
  79. Hear and An­swer Pray­er
  80. He Came to Save Me
  81. He Died for Thee
  82. He Hid­eth My Soul
  83. He Is All in All to Me
  84. He Ne­ver Will For­sake Me
  85. Healing at the Foun­tain
  86. Healing Touch, The
  87. He’ll Come Again
  88. He’ll Come and Tar­ry Not
  89. He’s Migh­ty to Save
  90. His Blood
  91. His Grace Abound­eth More
  92. Holy Qui­et­ness
  93. Home at Last
  94. Hounslow
  95. House Springs
  96. How Should We Spend Our Time?
  97. I Hope to Meet You All in Glo­ry
  98. I Shall Be No Strang­er There
  99. I’ll Bear It, Lord, for Thee
  100. In Beth­a­ny
  101. In the Book Which Thou Art Keep­ing
  102. In the Twink­ling of an Eye
  103. Indianapolis
  104. Jacksonville
  105. Jesus Comes
  106. Jesus On­ly
  107. Jesus Un­der­stands!
  108. Jesus Will Lis­ten to Me
  109. Just a Lit­tle Sun­shine
  110. Kansas Ci­ty
  111. Kars
  112. Keep in the Line
  113. Keep Me Ev­er Close to Thee
  114. Kirkpatrick
  115. Lake Mead
  116. Landås
  117. Lead Me to Cal­va­ry
  118. Let the Light Stream In
  119. Let Us Sing of His Love
  120. Liberia
  121. Like an Ar­my We Are March­ing
  122. Like as a Fa­ther
  123. Lilliard
  124. Lisse
  125. Listen to the Bless­èd In­vi­ta­tion
  126. Lo! the Gold­en Fields Are Smil­ing
  127. Lord, I’m Com­ing Home
  128. Love of Je­sus (Hew­itt), The
  129. Loyola
  130. Made Whole
  131. Marching on to Vic­to­ry
  132. Maui
  133. Meet in the Morn­ing
  134. Meet Me There
  135. Melo
  136. Mercy Is Bound­less and Free
  137. Minnewaska
  138. Moline
  139. More Faith in Je­sus
  140. Music and Love
  141. My Heart’s Dear Home
  142. My Light and Song
  143. My Sav­ior Face to Face
  144. No King but Christ
  145. None Can Help Like Je­sus
  146. O to Abide in Je­sus
  147. O to Be Like Thee!
  148. Oh, for a Heart Whit­er Than Snow
  149. Old Foun­tain, The
  150. On the Cross of Cal­va­ry
  151. Only Be­lieve
  152. Only His Love
  153. Onward Now
  154. Open Bi­ble for the World, An
  155. Orlando
  156. Over and Ov­er (ar­rang­er)
  157. Over the Tide
  158. Praise Je­ho­vah
  159. Praise Ye the Lord
  160. Promise Way, The
  161. Promised Land (Gill), The
  162. Raleigh
  163. Redeemed
  164. River of Life, The
  165. Riverside
  166. Royal Foun­tain, The
  167. Salvation
  168. Salvation’s Sto­ry
  169. Sands
  170. Save Me Now
  171. Save One
  172. Saved to the Ut­ter­most
  173. Saxony
  174. Say! Will You Meet Me There?
  175. Sheltered
  176. Sing, My Soul!
  177. Sing un­to God
  178. Singing I Go
  179. Sochi
  180. Sometime
  181. Speeding On­ward
  182. Stepping in the Light
  183. Still Out of Christ
  184. Take the Life-Boat
  185. Tell It Ov­er Again
  186. Ten Thou­sand Thanks to Je­sus
  187. There’s a Bless­ing for Me
  188. There’s Pow­er in Je­sus’ Blood
  189. They Shall Be Com­fort­ed
  190. Thy Ho­ly Spir­it, Lord, Alone
  191. ’Tis Burn­ing in My Soul
  192. ’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Je­sus
  193. Toledo
  194. Triumphs of Faith, The
  195. True Shep­herd, The
  196. Turn a New Leaf for Me
  197. ’Twill All Be Right at Last
  198. Under the Blood
  199. Valley of Rest
  200. Very Friend I Need, The
  201. Very Same Je­sus, The
  202. Vienne
  203. Wait, and Mur­mur Not
  204. Waiting for You and Me
  205. Washed in the Blood of My Re­deem­er
  206. Watch and Pray
  207. Watchman, Blow the Gos­pel Trum­pet
  208. We Have an An­chor
  209. We Walk by Faith
  210. Welcome for Me
  211. What Je­sus Is to Me
  212. What Will It Mat­ter?
  213. When Love Shines In
  214. When the Bride­groom Comes
  215. When the Cur­tains Are Lift­ed
  216. Where Is My Soul To­night?
  217. Wingate
  218. Wonderful Re­deem­er
  219. You May Have the Joy-Bells