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