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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Son of a school teach­er and mu­si­cian, Kirk­pat­rick grew up in a mu­si­cal at­mo­sphere. In 1854, he 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. Christ Is Ris­en
  29. City Be­yond, The
  30. Close to Thy Cross, O Christ
  31. Closer Walk with Thee
  32. Come, for All Things Are Rea­dy
  33. Come, Lord, and Let Thy Pow­er
  34. Come to Je­sus While You May
  35. Comforter Has Come, The
  36. Coming Home
  37. Companionship with Je­sus
  38. Cozumel
  39. Cradle Song
  40. Crispus
  41. Cuddalore
  42. Darmstadt
  43. Dear Je­sus, Canst Thou Help Me?
  44. Dear to the Heart of the Shep­herd
  45. Deeper Yet
  46. Dortmund
  47. Douala
  48. Dropping Pen­nies
  49. Every Word I Be­lieve
  50. Fall River
  51. Famous Ea­gle
  52. Farmington
  53. Father All Ho­ly
  54. For Christ and the Church
  55. Freedom in Je­sus
  56. Friesen
  57. Full Sur­ren­der
  58. Gathering Out of Tears
  59. Gdynia
  60. Gentle Shep­herd, Save Me Now
  61. Gibraltar
  62. Giggleswick
  63. Give Me Thy Heart
  64. Give to Je­sus Glory
  65. Glory in My Soul
  66. Glory to God, Hal­le­lu­jah
  67. Go, Study the Bi­ble
  68. God So Loved the World
  69. God’s Word
  70. Golden Bells, The
  71. Grace Is Free
  72. Grand Old Sto­ry of Sal­va­tion, The
  73. Gujarat
  74. Hainault
  75. Hallelujah (Col­lins)
  76. Hallelujah! Amen!
  77. Happy Crown­ing Day, The
  78. Hear and An­swer Pray­er
  79. He Came to Save Me
  80. He Died for Thee
  81. He Hid­eth My Soul
  82. He Is All in All to Me
  83. He Ne­ver Will For­sake Me
  84. Healing at the Foun­tain
  85. Healing Touch, The
  86. He’ll Come Again
  87. He’ll Come and Tar­ry Not
  88. He’s Migh­ty to Save
  89. His Blood
  90. His Grace Abound­eth More
  91. Home at Last
  92. Hounslow
  93. House Springs
  94. How Should We Spend Our Time?
  95. I Hope to Meet You All in Glo­ry
  96. I Shall Be No Stran­ger There
  97. I’ll Bear It, Lord, for Thee
  98. In Beth­a­ny
  99. In the Book Which Thou Art Keep­ing
  100. In the Twink­ling of an Eye
  101. Indianapolis
  102. Jacksonville
  103. Jesus Comes
  104. Jesus On­ly
  105. Jesus Un­der­stands!
  106. Jesus Will Lis­ten to Me
  107. Just a Lit­tle Sun­shine
  108. Kansas Ci­ty
  109. Kars
  110. Keep in the Line
  111. Keep Me Ev­er Close to Thee
  112. Kirkpatrick
  113. Lake Mead
  114. Landås
  115. Lead Me to Cal­va­ry
  116. Let the Light Stream In
  117. Let Us Sing of His Love
  118. Liberia
  119. Like an Ar­my We Are March­ing
  120. Like as a Fa­ther
  121. Lilliard
  122. Lisse
  123. Listen to the Bless­èd In­vi­ta­tion
  124. Lo! the Gold­en Fields Are Smil­ing
  125. Lord, I’m Com­ing Home
  126. Love of Je­sus (Hew­itt), The
  127. Loyola
  128. Made Whole
  129. Marching on to Vic­to­ry
  130. Maui
  131. Meet in the Morn­ing
  132. Meet Me There
  133. Melo
  134. Mercy Is Bound­less and Free
  135. Minnewaska
  136. Moline
  137. More Faith in Je­sus
  138. Music and Love
  139. My Heart’s Dear Home
  140. My Light and Song
  141. My Sav­ior Face to Face
  142. No King but Christ
  143. None Can Help Like Je­sus
  144. O to Abide in Je­sus
  145. O to Be Like Thee!
  146. Oh, for a Heart Whit­er Than Snow
  147. Old Foun­tain, The
  148. On the Cross of Cal­va­ry
  149. Only Be­lieve
  150. Only His Love
  151. Onward Now
  152. Open Bi­ble for the World, An
  153. Orlando
  154. Over and Ov­er (ar­rang­er)
  155. Over the Tide
  156. Praise Je­ho­vah
  157. Praise Ye the Lord
  158. Promise Way, The
  159. Promised Land (Gill), The
  160. Raleigh
  161. Redeemed
  162. River of Life, The
  163. Riverside
  164. Royal Foun­tain, The
  165. Salvation
  166. Salvation’s Sto­ry
  167. Sands
  168. Save Me Now
  169. Save One
  170. Saved to the Ut­ter­most
  171. Saxony
  172. Say! Will You Meet Me There?
  173. Sheltered
  174. Sing, My Soul!
  175. Sing un­to God
  176. Singing I Go
  177. Sochi
  178. Sometime
  179. Speeding On­ward
  180. Stepping in the Light
  181. Still Out of Christ
  182. Take the Life-Boat
  183. Tell It Ov­er Again
  184. Ten Thou­sand Thanks to Je­sus
  185. There’s a Bless­ing for Me
  186. There’s Pow­er in Je­sus’ Blood
  187. They Shall Be Com­fort­ed
  188. Thy Ho­ly Spir­it, Lord, Alone
  189. ’Tis Burn­ing in My Soul
  190. ’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Je­sus
  191. Toledo
  192. Triumphs of Faith, The
  193. True Shep­herd, The
  194. Turn a New Leaf for Me
  195. ’Twill All Be Right at Last
  196. Under the Blood
  197. Valley of Rest
  198. Very Friend I Need, The
  199. Very Same Je­sus, The
  200. Vienne
  201. Wait, and Mur­mur Not
  202. Waiting for You and Me
  203. Washed in the Blood of My Re­deem­er
  204. Watch and Pray
  205. Watchman, Blow the Gos­pel Trum­pet
  206. We Have an An­chor
  207. We Walk by Faith
  208. Welcome for Me
  209. What Je­sus Is to Me
  210. What Will It Mat­ter?
  211. When Love Shines In
  212. When the Bride­groom Comes
  213. When the Cur­tains Are Lift­ed
  214. Where Is My Soul To­night?
  215. Wingate
  216. Wonderful Re­deem­er
  217. You May Have the Joy-Bells