February 27, 1838, Dun­can­non, Penn­syl­van­ia.

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

West Laur­el Hill Cemetery, Ba­la Cyn­wyd, Penn­syl­van­ia.

An­nie F. Bourne.


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 During this time he wrote a number of unpublished hymn tunes and anthems.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