Main & Fanny Crosby

August 17, 1839, Ridgefield, Connecticut.

October 7, 1925, Newark, New Jersey.

Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield, New Jersey.


Hubert was the son of Syl­ves­ter Main, and husband of Ol­phe­lia Lou­ise De­graff.

He attended singing school until 1854, when he went to New York City and worked as an errand boy in a wallpaper house. In April 1855, he became an errand boy in the Bris­tow & Morse piano company. That same year, he helped his father edit the Sunday School Lute songbook by Isaac Wood­bu­ry.

In 1867, Main was called to fill a position in Will­iam Brad­bury’s publishing house. After Brad­bu­ry’s death in 1868, the Big­low & Main publishers were formed as its successor. In addition to publishing, Main wrote over 1,000 pieces of music—part song, singing school songs, Sunday School music, hymns, anthems, etc.

He also collected music books; in 1891, he sold his collection of over 3,500 volumes to the New­ber­ry Libra­ry in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois, where they were known as the Main Library. Main’s works include:

  1. Amarillo
  2. Armor
  3. Bahamas
  4. Bawardy
  5. Bethlehem
  6. Better World
  7. Blessèd Cross of Jesus
  8. Blessèd Homeland
  9. Bridgeport
  10. Bright Forever, The
  11. Calling to Thee
  12. Carabobo
  13. Carry the Standard Bravely
  14. Chennai
  15. Christ, My All
  16. Christ the Savior Born
  17. Colliers Wood
  18. Cordova
  19. Dan
  20. Dili
  21. Ellesdie
  22. Fargo
  23. Firm on the Rock I Stand
  24. Girona
  25. Hallelujah! Jesus Saves Me
  26. Happy Little Pilgrims
  27. Hear, and Live!
  28. Hold Thou My Hand
  29. Hubert
  30. I Stood Outside the Gate
  31. Jesus, Jesus Only
  32. Jewett
  33. Kabul
  34. Let Me Lean on Thee
  35. Little Friends of Jesus
  36. Mishael
  37. Mozambique
  38. My Ain Countrie
  39. Noah
  40. O Morrow Land
  41. O My Savior, Hear Me
  42. Oh, Come Today
  43. Only Trust the Savior’s Promise
  44. Pontmain
  45. Praise the Rock of Our Salvation
  46. Pune
  47. Rally, Soldiers, One and All
  48. Rejoice, Rejoice, Believer
  49. Saitama
  50. Save Me at the Cross
  51. Silver Spring
  52. Sinaloa
  53. Stanford
  54. Tartu
  55. Tell the Blessèd News
  56. There’s a Friend That Abides
  57. Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart
  58. Thy Word Is a Lamp
  59. Up and Away
  60. Valencia
  61. We Shall Meet, By and By
  62. Webster Groves
  63. Weissinger
  64. We’re Traveling Home
  65. What a Friend Thou Art to Me!
  66. What a Shout Was Heard!
  67. Yes, There Is Pardon for You