1848–1916
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July 16, 1848, Johnsburgh, New York.

October 18, 1916, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Bovina Cemetery, Shiocton, Wisconsin.

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Rexford’s family moved to Wisconsin in 1855, settling in the town of Ellington. He received his early education in the county schools and at Lawrence College, Appleton, Wisconsin, which later awarded him a Bachelor of Literature degree. His literary gifts became evident early in life, and his first verses were published in the New York Ledger when he was 14 years old.

In 1890, Rexford married Harriet Bauman Harsh. He served as town clerk of Bovina, Wisconsin, for many years, and during the first administration of American president Grover Cleveland, he was postmaster of Shiocton, Wisconsin.

Rexford composed many hymns, including ones used by Ira Sankey, Edwin Excell, Charles Gabriel, and Billy Sunday. One of his best known secular works was the poem Silver Threads Among the Gold (illustration 🔊 illustration), which was turned into a song that sold over three million copies (music by Hart Danks).

  1. Again the Sabbath God Has Blest
  2. Again We Meet, This Happy Day
  3. All Along the Way, My Gather
  4. All the Way Rejoicing Should the Christian Go
  5. Although So Poor I Cannot Claim
  6. Another Soldier Fallen
  7. Are You Building Your House on the Sand?
  8. Are You Ever Worn and Weary?
  9. Are You Ready?
  10. Art Thou Weary with Transgression?
  11. Art Tired and Weary, Pilgrim
  12. As We Journey Along Through the Valley of Life
  13. At Christmas Time the World
  14. Away to the Woods, Away, to the Temple God Has Made
  15. Be Brave, Little Soldiers
  16. Be Thou Our Guide When Dangers Shall Beset Us
  17. Behold That Bloodstained Banner of the King
  18. Behold the Bridegroom Comes ’Twas Said
  19. Behold the Children Gathering
  20. Behold, the Prodigal Comes Home
  21. Bells Are Ringing Clear and Sweet, The
  22. Beyond the Sea, the Jasper Sea
  23. Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy
  24. By and By
  25. By and By, Beyond the River
  26. By and By, O Soft and Low
  27. By and By, the Thought Is Sweet
  28. Calling, Calling, Ever Calling
  29. Christ Is a Shepherd, and We Are His Sheep
  30. Christian Reapers, Lift
  31. Clinging Close to Jesus’ Hand
  32. Closer, Savior, to Thy Side
  33. Come Out, Sings the Lark
  34. Cross of Christ Forever, The
  35. Crown Him, Crown Him with Glory
  36. Crown Him Who Died on Calvary
  37. Dark Is the Night
  38. Day Had Been Dark and Dreary, The
  39. Do You Hear the Summons the Master Makes Today?
  40. Do You Know a Heart That Hungers?
  41. Each Christian Light a Beacon Is
  42. Enemy Is Rallying Fast, The
  43. Faith Casts Its Anchor in Jesus’ Love
  44. Fall in Line, Fall in Line
  45. Far and Wide in Ringing Sound
  46. Far and Wide Over Land and Wave
  47. Father, in Need I Come to Thee, and This Shall Be0
  48. Father, the Tempest Is Raging
  49. Father, the Way Before Me
  50. Gather Up the Sunbeams All Along
  51. Give Me a Faith That Turns to Thee
  52. Gleaning in Time of Harvest
  53. Go Tell the Story of Jesus, That All the World May Hear
  54. God Leadeth Me! the Tho’t Is Sweet!
  55. God Sent to the Wayward a Message
  56. God’s Word Is Full of Promises
  57. Going Home, Going Home, to the Eden Hills
  58. Going Home, Yes, Going Home, O the Words Are Strangely Sweet
  59. Great Is the Harvest and Few
  60. Had I Wings of the Morning
  61. Happy Christmas Morning
  62. Hark! a Call for Reapers
  63. Hark! Hear the Call That Is Sent Thro’ the Land
  64. Hark, I Hear the Savior Saying
  65. Hark, the Bells of Heaven
  66. Hark, the Tramping of an Army
  67. Hark, the Voice of Many Nations
  68. Harvester, Harvester, Gather Thy Sheaves8
  69. Has the Staff You Leaned on Failed You?
  70. He Reigns in Majesty Supreme
  71. He Saw the Wheat Fields Waiting
  72. Hear the Trumpet Calling, Calling
  73. Heaven Is the Christian’s Fatherland
  74. Here in Thy House, O God, We Meet
  75. Here Many a Friendship Fails Us
  76. Here’s a Hand to the Boy Who Has Courage
  77. Ho, Comrades, Heav’nward Faring
  78. How Can I Let Thee Go?
  79. How Many Times, Discouraged?
  80. How You Will Love Him!
  81. I Am Happy, O So Happy
  82. I Ask Not Earthly Treasure
  83. I at Last Have Entered into the Peace
  84. I Cannot See the Way Before
  85. I Do Not Understand God’s Love
  86. I Have Been in City Churches
  87. I Have Had a Glorious Vision5
  88. I Hear a Sound of Singing
  89. I Hear the Angels Cry
  90. I Love to Think of Jesus
  91. I Love to Think of the Beautiful Land
  92. I May Be Poor and Friendless
  93. I Often Wonder, As I Read
  94. I Often Wonder What Will Be
  95. I Read Each Tender Promise
  96. I Read the Dear Old Promise
  97. I Trust It All to God Who Knows
  98. I Was in Utter Bondage
  99. I Wonder If Jesus Remembers
  100. I Would Sing of Jesus’ Love
  101. If Clouds Blot Out the Sunshine
  102. If Hearts, Grown Faint and Weary
  103. If the Path That You Must Tread
  104. If Things Don’t Go to Suit You
  105. If We Grow Weary in the Way
  106. If We Knew About the Trials
  107. If You Find a Heart That’s Hung
  108. If You Know the Mighty Meaning
  109. In Dreams I Hear a Song So Sweet
  110. In Dreams I See the Heavenly Land
  111. In Every Time of Trouble
  112. In Spring the Farmer Sows His Seed
  113. In the Night When Storm and Tempest
  114. In the Pathways We Are Treading
  115. In the Shadow of His Wings
  116. In the Strength of God Go Forth to Win
  117. In Time of Trouble and Grief
  118. Into the Light of God’s Glorious Love
  119. It Will Be a Happy Day
  120. Jesus Has Come to Redeem
  121. Jesus, Lover of My Soul, Sorrow’s Lips
  122. Jesus Loves Me, Blessed Thought
  123. Jesus Loves Me, Even Me
  124. Jesus Loves Us, Jesus Loves Us
  125. Jesus Loves Us, Sing It Gladly
  126. Jesus, Who Loves the Children
  127. Just for Today
  128. Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy, Jesus Has Come to Reign
  129. Keep Striving, the Winners Are Those
  130. Keep Up the Fight, the Battle Must Be Won
  131. Knock, Knock, Knock
  132. Knowing Our Weakness
  133. Land Is Stirred By a Great Commotion, The
  134. Lend a Helping Hand
  135. Let Every Voice for Gladness Sing
  136. Let Me Be Something for Jesus
  137. Let Me Do Something for Jesus
  138. Let Us Come Before the Lord
  139. Let Us Scatter Sunshine All Along Life’s Way
  140. Let Us Sing As We Journey Along
  141. Let Your Light Shine Out
  142. Let’s All Be Birds
  143. Let’s Dare and Do for the Pure
  144. Life’s Work Is Before Us
  145. Lift Up Your Hearts in Exultation
  146. List, to the Bells in the Steeples
  147. Listen Heart, Be Still, I Pray
  148. Listen, O Children
  149. Little Hands, Be Busy
  150. Little Sunbeams
  151. Lives Are Fields Wherein We Sow
  152. Lo, a Conquering Army Marching Gainst
  153. Lo! the Banner of the King
  154. Lo the Harvest Is White
  155. Long Had He Wandered Far
  156. Lord of the Lowly
  157. Lord, We Pray Thee, Give
  158. Make Me a Worker for Jesus
  159. Make Thy Dwelling in My Heart, Christ Who Died
  160. March On, March On, the Battle Is at Hand
  161. Marching, Marching Forth to Meet
  162. Marching on to the Land
  163. Master Has Need of Brave Hearts, The
  164. My Heart Cries Out When Weary
  165. My Name Is April, I Have Come
  166. No Day Has Had a Dawning
  167. No Night in Heaven, but Cloudless
  168. No Time for Resting Till Work Is Done
  169. Nothing, Nothing but the Blood of Jesus
  170. O Blessed Jesus, in My Sorrow Calling
  171. O Christ Our Master, We Would Sow
  172. O Christ, Who Died for Sinners
  173. O Could I Sing a Song to Touch
  174. O Do Some Good Deed Every Day
  175. O Friends, As Journeying Onward
  176. O Go and Tell Jesus, My Brother
  177. O Great, O Awful Judgment Day
  178. O Haste, the Night Is Nearing
  179. O It’s Grand to Be a Soldier
  180. O Jesus, I Love Thee
  181. O Land of God
  182. O Let Us Be Endeavorers to Do the Master’s Will
  183. O Love of Christ
  184. O My Father, Rough and Steep
  185. O Ring, Glad Bells
  186. O Savior, Come and Walk with Me
  187. O Sing a Song for May Day
  188. O Sing, Fellow Soldiers
  189. O Sing on Earth, for Up in Heaven
  190. O Sinner, Delay Not
  191. O Speak Kind Words to One and All
  192. O Speak Kind Words, Where’er You Be
  193. O the Cross of Christ, Behold It
  194. O the Golden Sunset Ferry
  195. O Thou Our King, Enthroned in Realms on High
  196. O Thought So Sweet with Comfort
  197. O to Win a Soul for Jesus
  198. O What a King, Behold He Stands
  199. O Where Are You Going
  200. O Why Have You Wandered So Far From the Right Way?
  201. O Wondrous Thought: Christ Died for Me
  202. O Weary with Transgression
  203. O We Are the Reapers
  204. O Where Are the Reapers?
  205. O Whither Are You Going
  206. Of All God’s Tender Promises
  207. Of All the Bible Stories
  208. Oh, City of the Angels!
  209. On Calvary
  210. On Judea’s Starlit Plain
  211. On Leaves of Stone Our God Made Known
  212. Once I Was Lost, and in Darkness Wandered
  213. One of Christ’s Burden Bearers
  214. Only a Little Way Farther
  215. Onward Toward Heaven
  216. Open the Door of Your Heart
  217. Our Praise to Thee, O Father
  218. Outward Bound, to the Land
  219. Over, Over and Over the Call
  220. Over the River, Oh, What Is There?6
  221. Over the River the Hills of the Blest
  222. Over There What Rest Is Waiting
  223. Papa, Are You Ready?
  224. Praise the Lord for All His Loving Kindness
  225. Pray Brother Pray Discouraged Never Grow
  226. Rally Round the Banner of Our Savior King
  227. Reapers for the Harvest
  228. Rejoice, for the Wanderers Are Coming
  229. Rise Up to Labor, Ye Who Sit
  230. Roads Steep and Stony Our Feet Find to Tread
  231. Rouse Up to Work That Waits for Us
  232. Savior, Bless Me
  233. Say, Little Soldiers, Who Fight for the True
  234. See, the Hill Is Clad in Snow
  235. See the Light, Sailors, the Port Is Not Far
  236. Set a Glad Song Ringing
  237. Shall We Sing in Heaven’s Bright Courts
  238. Sing It, the Love of the Savior
  239. Soldier of Christ, Art Thou Famished
  240. Some Day
  241. Some Day Earth’s Faithful Ones
  242. Some Earthly Friendships Fail Us
  243. Something for Jesus, O, What Shall It Be
  244. Something’s Going to Happen
  245. Sometime, God Knoweth When
  246. Sometimes the Mists of Doubt and Sin
  247. Song of Heaven and Homeland, A
  248. Soul From the Kingdom, The
  249. Soul, Is the Conflict Deepening
  250. Soul of the Christian, Be Happy
  251. Sow the Good Seed of the Spirit
  252. Sow the Good Seed of the Spirit God Will Send the Rain
  253. Speak a Little Word for Jesus
  254. Speed Away, Speed Away to the Isles of the Sea
  255. Speed the Day, Happy Day, When Our Land Shall Be Free
  256. Stand Up for Christ, My Brother
  257. Storm Is Raging Upon the Deep, A
  258. Sweet Little Pansy, the Winter Is Near
  259. Swifter Than a Weaver’s Shuttle
  260. Tenderly, Lovingly, Calleth Today
  261. Tide of Jesus’ Mighty Love, The
  262. There Are Hills Beyond the Valley Where the River Glideth By
  263. There Are Times When a Word Just a Friendly Word
  264. There Are Times When We Grow Weary
  265. There Is a Narrow Way That Leads
  266. There Is a Song I Love to Sing
  267. There Is Gladness Up in Heaven
  268. There Is No Friend Like Jesus, So Loving, Kind and True
  269. There Is Only One Way of Salvation
  270. There’s a Beautiful Land O’er the Ocean of Time
  271. There’s a Better Day Approaching
  272. There’s a Mighty Warfare
  273. There’s a Question We Must Settle
  274. There’s a River That Runs
  275. There’s a Song I Love to Sing When My Heart Is Sad
  276. There’s a Story Old of a Christ
  277. There’s Never a Day So Dreary That It Has No Hint of Sun
  278. They Brought Their Gifts to Jesus4
  279. They Tell of a Christ Who on Calvary
  280. They Tell Us of a Happy Land
  281. Though Faith to Move Mountains
  282. Though Sorrows Come About
  283. Though the Road Is Rough and the Hills Are Steep
  284. Through the Dark and Silent Forests
  285. Through the Green Pastures
  286. Through the Mists of Night Is Shining
  287. Throw Open Wide the Windows
  288. ’Tis a Sweet and Wonderful Story
  289. To and Fro Our Hands Are Swinging
  290. To Weary Hearts the Promises of God
  291. Traveling on in the Path That the Savior Trod
  292. Twilight’s Fairy Fingers, The
  293. ’Twill Not Be Long Before the Night Is Over
  294. Waiteth the Golden Harvest
  295. Watched By the Eye That Never Sleeps
  296. Way That Leads Us Heavenward, The
  297. We Are a Band of Workers for Jesus
  298. We Are Loyal Christian Soldiers
  299. We Are Sailing O’er an Ocean
  300. We Are Soldiers in an Army
  301. We Are Soldiers in the Army
  302. We Are Workers for the Master
  303. We Come with Blossom
  304. We Shall Not Weep in Heaven
  305. Weary Pilgrim, Go to Jesus
  306. Welcome, Happy Voices
  307. What Shall Be the Tribute
  308. What Word in All God’s Promises
  309. When a Wandering One Comes Back
  310. When I Am Bowed with Grief
  311. When I Am Worn and Weary
  312. When I Get Home to Father’s Land
  313. When I Read the Dear Old Story
  314. When I Was Wandering Far
  315. When Our Earthly Life Is Ended
  316. When Tempests Rise About
  317. When the Battle Trumpet Calls Forth
  318. When the Bridegroom Cometh
  319. When the Day Is Stormy
  320. When the Friends We Have Trusted
  321. When the Ills of Life Beset Me
  322. When the Path I Am Treading Is Rough and Steep
  323. When the Path of Life Has Led Me
  324. When the Way Is Rough and Steep
  325. When Trials Come As Come They Will
  326. When We Get Over the River
  327. When We Grow Weary and the Way Looks Dark
  328. While Life’s Summer Days Go By
  329. Who Knows What Dangers
  330. Wonderful, Wonderful Jesus
  331. Work on Work on No Time for Resting
  332. World Is Stirred By the Pomp of War, The
  333. Would You Be Saved, Then Why Not Come
  334. Would You Like a Home in Heaven
  335. You Think I Am Poor