May 23, 1831, Stockbridge, Vermont.

January 13, 1902, Boston, Massachusetts.

Taftsville Burying Grounds, Taftsville, Vermont.

Brother of Henry Perkins, William attended the Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire, then studied music in Boston, Massachusetts; London; and Milan, Italy. Settling in Boston, he founded a music academy and published a number of hymnals. Hamilton College awarded him an honorary doctorate of music degree in 1879. He lived in Boston 1857–84, then moved to New York City. His works include:

  1. Come, Brothers, Onward, Come
  2. Come to Jesus, Blest Redeemer
  3. Great God, as Followers of Thy Son
  4. It Was No Path of Flowers
  5. Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens Adore Him
  6. Praise to God, Immortal Praise
  7. Suffer Little Children to Come unto Me
  8. There’s a Rest in the Home of the Angels
  1. Amara
  2. Beyond the Sunset
  3. Did You Think to Pray?
  4. Here We Are but Straying Pilgrims
  5. Guernsey
  6. Starry Crown, The
  7. When We Get Home

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