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 served an­oth­er Un­i­tar­i­an church 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
    • Thou, Who on the Whirl­wind Rid­est
  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. To Thee, Be­neath Whose Eye
  45. We Come, We Come, That Have Been Held
  46. We’ve Passed a Plea­sant Sab­bath Day
  47. When Asia’s Migh­ty Con­quer­or Died
  48. When Thy Son, O God, Was Sleep­ing
  49. While to Lips with Praise That Glow
  50. While to Our Homes We Do Re­pair
  51. Winds Are Hushed; the Peace­ful Moon, The
  52. With Thy Pure Dews and Rain