February 27, 1838, Duncannon, Pennsylvania.

September 20, 1921, 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 he 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 During this time he wrote a number of unpublished hymn tunes and anthems.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 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. All over the World
  3. Alone with God
  4. Anaheim
  5. Annetta
  6. Are You Coming to the Feast?
  7. At the Mercy Seat
  8. Beautiful Hills of Rest
  9. Beautiful Robes
  10. Beautiful Sabbath
  11. Becontree
  12. Bells of Eternity, The
  13. Beneath His Sheltering Wings
  14. Blackfriars
  15. Blessed Be the Name
  16. Blessèd Old Story of Love
  17. Blessing in Prayer, A
  18. Braintree
  19. Buda
  20. Buried with Christ
  21. By Grace I Will
  22. Calling for You
  23. Calvary’s Stream Is Flowing
  24. City Beyond, The
  25. Close to Thy Cross, O Christ
  26. Come, for All Things Are Ready
  27. Come, Lord, and Let Thy Pow’r
  28. Comforter Has Come, The
  29. Cozumel
  30. Cradle Song
  31. Crispus
  32. Darmstadt
  33. Dear Jesus, Canst Thou Help Me?
  34. Dear to the Heart of the Shepherd
  35. Deeper Yet
  36. Every Word I Believe
  37. Famous Eagle
  38. Farmington
  39. Father All Holy
  40. Freedom in Jesus
  41. Friesen
  42. Gathering Out of Tears
  43. Gibraltar
  44. Giggleswick
  45. Give Me Thy Heart
  46. Glory in My Soul
  47. Glory to God, Hallelujah
  48. Go, Study the Bible
  49. God So Loved the World
  50. God’s Word
  51. Golden Bells, The
  52. Greenwell
  53. Hainault
  54. Hallelujah! Amen!
  55. Happy Crowning Day, The
  56. Hear and Answer Prayer
  57. He Came to Save Me
  58. He Died for Thee
  59. He Hideth My Soul
  60. He Is All in All to Me
  61. Healing at the Fountain
  62. Healing Touch, The
  63. He’ll Come and Tarry Not
  64. His Blood
  65. His Grace Aboundeth More
  66. Home at Last
  67. Hounslow
  68. I Shall Be No Stranger There
  69. I’ll Bear It, Lord, for Thee
  70. In Bethany
  71. In the Book Which Thou Art Keeping
  72. In the Twinkling of an Eye
  73. Indianapolis
  74. Jacksonville
  75. Jesus Comes
  76. Jesus Only
  77. Jesus Understands!
  78. Jesus Will Listen to Me
  79. Just a Little Sunshine
  80. Kansas City
  81. Keep in the Line
  82. Keep Me Ever Close to Thee
  83. Kirkpatrick
  84. Lake Mead
  85. Landås
  86. Lead Me to Calvary
  87. Let the Light Stream In
  88. Let Us Sing of His Love
  89. Like an Army We Are Marching
  90. Like as a Father
  91. Lilliard
  92. Listen to the Blessèd Invitation
  93. Lo! the Golden Fields Are Smiling
  94. Lord, I’m Coming Home
  95. Made Whole
  96. Maui
  97. Meet in the Morning
  98. Meet Me There
  99. Mercy Is Boundless and Free
  100. Minnewaska
  101. Moline
  102. Music and Love
  103. My Heart’s Dear Home
  104. My Light and Song
  105. My Savior Face to Face
  106. No King but Christ
  107. O to Abide in Jesus
  108. O to Be Like Thee!
  109. Oh, for a Heart Whiter Than Snow
  110. Old Fountain, The
  111. On the Cross of Calvary
  112. Only His Love
  113. Open Bible for the World, An
  114. Orlando
  115. Praise Jehovah
  116. Praise Ye the Lord
  117. Promise Way, The
  118. Raleigh
  119. Redeemed
  120. River of Life, The
  121. Royal Fountain, The
  122. Salvation
  123. Sands
  124. Saved to the Uttermost
  125. Saxony
  126. Sing, My Soul!
  127. Sing unto God
  128. Singing I Go
  129. Sometime
  130. Speeding Onward
  131. Stepping in the Light
  132. Still Out of Christ
  133. Take the Life-Boat
  134. Tell It Over Again
  135. Ten Thousand Thanks to Jesus
  136. There’s a Blessing for Me
  137. Thy Holy Spirit, Lord, Alone
  138. ’Tis Burning in My Soul
  139. ’Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
  140. Triumphs of Faith, The
  141. True Shepherd, The
  142. Turn a New Leaf for Me
  143. ’Twill All Be Right at Last
  144. Under the Blood
  145. Very Friend I Need, The
  146. Very Same Jesus, The
  147. Wait, and Murmur Not
  148. Washed in the Blood of My Redeemer
  149. Watch and Pray
  150. Watchman, Blow the Gospel Trumpet
  151. We Have an Anchor
  152. We Walk by Faith
  153. Welcome for Me
  154. What Will It Matter?
  155. When Love Shines In
  156. When the Bridegroom Comes
  157. When the Curtains Are Lifted
  158. Wingate
  159. Wonderful Redeemer
  160. You May Have the Joy-Bells