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