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. Open Bi­ble for the World, An
  152. Orlando
  153. Over and Ov­er (ar­rang­er)
  154. Over the Tide
  155. Praise Je­ho­vah
  156. Praise Ye the Lord
  157. Promise Way, The
  158. Promised Land (Gill), The
  159. Raleigh
  160. Redeemed
  161. River of Life, The
  162. Riverside
  163. Royal Foun­tain, The
  164. Salvation
  165. Salvation’s Sto­ry
  166. Sands
  167. Save Me Now
  168. Save One
  169. Saved to the Ut­ter­most
  170. Saxony
  171. Say! Will You Meet Me There?
  172. Sheltered
  173. Sing, My Soul!
  174. Sing un­to God
  175. Singing I Go
  176. Sochi
  177. Sometime
  178. Speeding On­ward
  179. Stepping in the Light
  180. Still Out of Christ
  181. Take the Life-Boat
  182. Tell It Ov­er Again
  183. Ten Thou­sand Thanks to Je­sus
  184. There’s a Bless­ing for Me
  185. There’s Pow­er in Je­sus’ Blood
  186. They Shall Be Com­fort­ed
  187. Thy Ho­ly Spir­it, Lord, Alone
  188. ’Tis Burn­ing in My Soul
  189. ’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Je­sus
  190. Toledo
  191. Triumphs of Faith, The
  192. True Shep­herd, The
  193. Turn a New Leaf for Me
  194. ’Twill All Be Right at Last
  195. Under the Blood
  196. Valley of Rest
  197. Very Friend I Need, The
  198. Very Same Je­sus, The
  199. Vienne
  200. Wait, and Mur­mur Not
  201. Waiting for You and Me
  202. Washed in the Blood of My Re­deem­er
  203. Watch and Pray
  204. Watchman, Blow the Gos­pel Trum­pet
  205. We Have an An­chor
  206. We Walk by Faith
  207. Welcome for Me
  208. What Je­sus Is to Me
  209. What Will It Mat­ter?
  210. When Love Shines In
  211. When the Bride­groom Comes
  212. When the Cur­tains Are Lift­ed
  213. Where Is My Soul To­night?
  214. Wingate
  215. Wonderful Re­deem­er
  216. You May Have the Joy-Bells