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. 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. Save Me at the Cross
  50. Silver Spring
  51. Stanford
  52. Tartu
  53. Tell the Blessèd News
  54. There’s a Friend That Abides
  55. Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart
  56. Thy Word Is a Lamp
  57. Up and Away
  58. Valencia
  59. We Shall Meet, By and By
  60. Webster Groves
  61. Weissinger
  62. We’re Traveling Home
  63. What a Friend Thou Art to Me!
  64. What a Shout Was Heard!
  65. Yes, There Is Pardon for You