September 16, 1796, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

April 8, 1877, New York City.

St. Johnland Cemetery, Kings Park, New York.


Grandson of Henry Melchior Mühlenberg, patriarch of American Lu­ther­anism, William graduated from the University of Pennsylvania (where he helped found the Philomathean Society), and was ordained an Episcopal minister in 1817. He served at St. James Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Church of the Holy Communion, New York. He founded the Flushing Institute, New York, in 1828, and St. Luke’s Hospital in 1855. He also founded The Evangelical Catholic, a church newspaper, and was instrumental in getting the Episcopal church to expand its use of hymns in worship. His works include:

Mühlenberg also served on the committee that produced the 1828 Protestant Episcopal hymnal.

  1. Carol, Brothers, Carol
  2. How Short the Race Our Friend Has Run
  3. I Would Not Live Alway
  4. Jesus’ Name Shall Ever Be
  5. King of Kings, and Wilt Thou Deign
  6. Like Noah’s Weary Dove
    • Behold the Ark of God
    • Oh Cease, My Wandering Soul
  7. Mellow Eve Is Gliding, The
  8. Savior, Who Thy Flock Art Feeding
  9. Shout the Glad Tidings
    • Zion, the Marvelous Story Be Telling
  10. Since o’er Thy Footstool Here Below
  11. Thine Handmaid, Savior, Can It Be?