April 7, 1843, Til­ton, New Hampshire.

August 8, 1903, Reed­ville, Virginia.

Lor­raine Park Cemetery, Wood­lawn, Maryland.


Lane served in the 8th New Hamp­shire Infantry during the Amer­i­can civil war.

After the war, he studied at the New Eng­land Conservatory and taught in Onei­da and Uti­ca, New York. He later moved to Woon­sock­et, Rhode Is­land, where he ran a music store, and served as organist and directed the choir at St. James’ Epis­co­pal Church for 13 years. He also lived for a while in Mon­son, Mas­sa­chu­setts; Rich­mond, Vir­gin­ia; and (from 1896) Bal­ti­more, Mar­y­land. In Bal­ti­more, he worked for the music firm of San­ders and Stay­man, and was music director at the All Saints Pro­test­ant Epis­co­pal Church.

After a Sunday morning service at Saint James Church in Woon­sock­et, Rhode Is­land, Lane’s pastor gave him the hymns for the evening service. Lane didn’t care for one hymn’s tune, so while his wife cooked dinner, he composed Penitence to be used instead; it was first published in The Church Hymnal, by Charles L. Hutch­ins, 1874. This tune is Lane’s sole contribution to our hymnals.

  1. Penitence