Main & Fanny Crosby

August 17, 1839, Ridgefield, Connecticut.

October 7, 1925, Newark, New Jersey.

Bloomfield Cemetery, Bloomfield, New Jersey.


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