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. 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. He’s Migh­ty to Save
  88. His Blood
  89. His Grace Abound­eth More
  90. Home at Last
  91. Hounslow
  92. House Springs
  93. How Should We Spend Our Time?
  94. I Hope to Meet You All in Glo­ry
  95. I Shall Be No Stran­ger There
  96. I’ll Bear It, Lord, for Thee
  97. In Beth­a­ny
  98. In the Book Which Thou Art Keep­ing
  99. In the Twink­ling of an Eye
  100. Indianapolis
  101. Jacksonville
  102. Jesus Comes
  103. Jesus On­ly
  104. Jesus Un­der­stands!
  105. Jesus Will List­en to Me
  106. Just a Lit­tle Sun­shine
  107. Kansas Ci­ty
  108. Kars
  109. Keep in the Line
  110. Keep Me Ev­er Close to Thee
  111. Kirkpatrick
  112. Lake Mead
  113. Landås
  114. Lead Me to Cal­va­ry
  115. Let the Light Stream In
  116. Let Us Sing of His Love
  117. Liberia
  118. Like an Ar­my We Are March­ing
  119. Like as a Fa­ther
  120. Lilliard
  121. Lisse
  122. Listen to the Bless­èd In­vi­ta­tion
  123. Lo! the Gold­en Fields Are Smil­ing
  124. Lord, I’m Com­ing Home
  125. Love of Je­sus (Hew­itt), The
  126. Loyola
  127. Made Whole
  128. Marching on to Vic­to­ry
  129. Maui
  130. Meet in the Morn­ing
  131. Meet Me There
  132. Melo
  133. Mercy Is Bound­less and Free
  134. Minnewaska
  135. Moline
  136. More Faith in Je­sus
  137. Music and Love
  138. My Heart’s Dear Home
  139. My Light and Song
  140. My Sav­ior Face to Face
  141. No King but Christ
  142. None Can Help Like Je­sus
  143. O to Abide in Je­sus
  144. O to Be Like Thee!
  145. Oh, for a Heart Whit­er Than Snow
  146. Old Foun­tain, The
  147. On the Cross of Cal­va­ry
  148. Only Be­lieve
  149. Only His Love
  150. Open Bi­ble for the World, An
  151. Orlando
  152. Over and Ov­er (ar­rang­er)
  153. Over the Tide
  154. Praise Je­ho­vah
  155. Praise Ye the Lord
  156. Promise Way, The
  157. Promised Land (Gill), The
  158. Raleigh
  159. Redeemed
  160. River of Life, The
  161. Riverside
  162. Royal Foun­tain, The
  163. Salvation
  164. Salvation’s Sto­ry
  165. Sands
  166. Save Me Now
  167. Save One
  168. Saved to the Ut­ter­most
  169. Saxony
  170. Say! Will You Meet Me There?
  171. Sheltered
  172. Sing, My Soul!
  173. Sing un­to God
  174. Singing I Go
  175. Sochi
  176. Sometime
  177. Speeding On­ward
  178. Stepping in the Light
  179. Still Out of Christ
  180. Take the Life-Boat
  181. Tell It Ov­er Again
  182. Ten Thou­sand Thanks to Je­sus
  183. There’s a Bless­ing for Me
  184. There’s Pow­er in Je­sus’ Blood
  185. They Shall Be Com­fort­ed
  186. Thy Ho­ly Spir­it, Lord, Alone
  187. ’Tis Burn­ing in My Soul
  188. ’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Je­sus
  189. Toledo
  190. Triumphs of Faith, The
  191. True Shep­herd, The
  192. Turn a New Leaf for Me
  193. ’Twill All Be Right at Last
  194. Under the Blood
  195. Valley of Rest
  196. Very Friend I Need, The
  197. Very Same Je­sus, The
  198. Vienne
  199. Wait, and Mur­mur Not
  200. Waiting for You and Me
  201. Washed in the Blood of My Re­deem­er
  202. Watch and Pray
  203. Watchman, Blow the Gos­pel Trum­pet
  204. We Have an An­chor
  205. We Walk by Faith
  206. Welcome for Me
  207. What Je­sus Is to Me
  208. What Will It Mat­ter?
  209. When Love Shines In
  210. When the Bride­groom Comes
  211. When the Cur­tains Are Lift­ed
  212. Where Is My Soul To­night?
  213. Wingate
  214. Wonderful Re­deem­er
  215. You May Have the Joy-Bells