Ap­ril 6, 1785, Litch­field, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Au­gust 27, 1866, Med­ford, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Mt. Au­burn Ce­me­te­ry, Cam­bridge, Mas­sa­chu­setts.


Pierpont graduated from Yale Col­lege (1804), worked as a tutor in New Ha­ven, Con­nec­ti­cut, and Charlestown, South Carolina, then became a lawyer in 1812. Shortly after, he left law and went into business, only to leave it, too, and attend Harvard College to study theology.

In 1819 he became pastor of the Unitarian church in Hollis Street, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts. His zeal against drinking and slavery made him resign in 1840. In 1845, he became pastor of a Unitarian congregation in Troy, New York. He went on to another Unitarian pastorate in Medford, Mas­sa­chu­setts (1849–59).

At age 70, he became a chaplain in the American army, and was later appointed a clerk in the Treasury Department in Washington, DC. His works in­clude:

  1. Another Day Its Course Hath Run
  2. Behold the Lily’s Silken Vest
  3. Break Forth in Song, Ye Trees
  4. Break Ye the Bread and Pour the Wine
  5. Brother, There Is Bending o’er Thee
  6. E Pluribus Unum
  7. Father, While We Break This Bread
  8. From Every Place Below the Skies
  9. God Almighty and All Seeing
  10. God of Mercy, Do Thou Never
  11. God of Our Fathers, in Whose Sight
  12. God of This Glorious Earth
  13. Gone Are Those Great and Good
  14. How Long, O God, How Long?
  15. I Cannot Make Him Dead
  16. Let the Still Air Rejoice
  17. Mighty One, Whose Name Is Holy
  18. My Child
  19. My Father, Mother, Brothers, Sisters
  20. My God, I Thank Thee That the Night
  21. My God, My Heart with Love Inflame
  22. Not Now on Zion’s Height Alone
  23. Not with Silver, Not with Gold
  24. Now to the God to Whom All Might
  25. O Bow Thine Ear, Eternal One
  26. O God, Beneath This Greenwood Shade
  27. O God, I Thank Thee That the Night
  28. O Not for Thee We Weep
  29. O Thou, to Whom, in Ancient Time
  30. O Thou, Who Art Above All Height
  31. O Thou Who on the Whirlwind Rides
  32. O Thou to Whom Archangels Raise
  33. O’er Kedron’s Stream, and Salem’s Height
  34. Oh, Not for Thee We Weep
  35. On This Stone, Now Laid with Prayer
  36. Our Father, We Approach Thy Board
  37. Pilgrim Fathers, Where Are They, The
  38. Pillows, We with Tears of Anguish
  39. Shall Those Our Teachers Be Forgot?
  40. Source of Being, Holy Father
  41. Spirit of Wisdom and of Power
  42. They Are All Gone but One
  43. This Day, O God, Thy Blessed Hand
  44. Thou, Who on the Whirlwind Ridest
  45. To Thee, Beneath Whose Eye
  46. We Come, We Come, That Have Been Held
  47. We’ve Passed a Pleasant Sabbath Day
  48. When Asia’s Mighty Conqueror Died
  49. When Thy Son, O God, Was Sleeping
  50. While to Lips with Praise That Glow
  51. While to Our Homes We Do Repair
  52. Winds Are Hushed; the Peaceful Moon, The
  53. With Thy Pure Dews and Rain