Born: Sep­tem­ber 17, 1846, St. Aus­tell, Corn­wall.

Died: Jan­u­a­ry 30, 1924, Pas­sa­ic Coun­ty, New Jer­sey.

Buried: Ce­dar Lawn Ce­me­te­ry, Pa­ter­son, New Jer­sey.

Son of an Eng­lish op­en-com­mun­ion Bap­tist, Of­ford em­i­grat­ed to Am­er­i­ca in 1870. He was as­so­ci­at­ed for some time with the Me­thod­ists, but joined the Dutch Re­formed Church in 1878. In ad­di­tion to writ­ing, he ed­it­ed the New York Ob­serv­er.

His works in­clude:

  1. Come, My Soul, Thy Songs Pre­pare
  2. Come un­to Me, O Pre­cious Words
  3. Help Me Sing My Sav­ior’s Worth
  4. How Brief the Life We Live Be­low
  5. It Is No Un­tried Way
  6. Jesus, Heed Me, Lost and Dy­ing
  7. Jesus Weep­ing, Sin­ner, See
  8. Just as I Am, O Lord
  9. Lo a Ris­en Lord We Sing
  10. Nobody Knows the Bur­dens I Bear
  11. Not in Some Clois­tered Cell
  12. O Carry Thy Bur­dens No Long­er
  13. O How Much to Thee I Owe
  14. Our God Hath Not For­sak­en Us
  15. Preach the Gos­pel as You Go
  16. Somewhere To­night
  17. Thy Mer­cy, Lord, Is Like the Sea
  18. We Give Thee Thanks, O God, This Day

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