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 and settled in the town of Ellington. He received his early education in the Meager county schools and at Lawrence College, 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, 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. Hark! a Call for Reapers
  62. Hark! Hear the Call That Is Sent Thro’ the Land
  63. Hark, I Hear the Savior Saying
  64. Hark, the Bells of Heaven
  65. Hark, the Tramping of an Army
  66. Hark, the Voice of Many Nations
  67. Harvester, Harvester, Gather Thy Sheaves8
  68. Has the Staff You Leaned on Failed You?
  69. He Reigns in Majesty Supreme
  70. He Saw the Wheat Fields Waiting
  71. Hear the Trumpet Calling, Calling
  72. Heaven Is the Christian’s Fatherland
  73. Here in Thy House, O God, We Meet
  74. Here Many a Friendship Fails Us
  75. Here’s a Hand to the Boy Who Has Courage
  76. Ho, Comrades, Heav’nward Faring
  77. How Can I Let Thee Go?
  78. How Many Times, Discouraged?
  79. How You Will Love Him!
  80. I Am Happy, O So Happy
  81. I Ask Not Earthly Treasure
  82. I at Last Have Entered into the Peace
  83. I Cannot See the Way Before
  84. I Do Not Understand God’s Love
  85. I Have Been in City Churches
  86. I Have Had a Glorious Vision5
  87. I Hear a Song, a Song So Sweet6
  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, My Brother
  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! All Ready for the Gathering
  154. Lo! the Banner of the King
  155. Lo the Harvest Is White
  156. Long Had He Wandered Far
  157. Lord of the Lowly
  158. Lord, We Pray Thee, Give
  159. Make Me a Worker for Jesus
  160. Make Thy Dwelling in My Heart, Christ Who Died
  161. March On, March On, the Battle Is at Hand
  162. Marching, Marching Forth to Meet
  163. Marching on to the Land
  164. Master Has Need of Brave Hearts, The
  165. My Heart Cries Out When Weary
  166. My Name Is April, I Have Come
  167. No Day Has Had a Dawning
  168. No Night in Heaven, but Cloudless
  169. No Time for Restng Till Work Is Done
  170. Nothing, Nothing but the Blood of Jesus
  171. O Blessed Jesus,in My Sorrow Calling
  172. O Christ Our Master, We Would Sow
  173. O Christ, Who Died for Sinners
  174. O Could I Sing a Song to Touch
  175. O Do Some Good Deed Every Day
  176. O Friends, As Journeying Onward
  177. O Go and Tell Jesus, My Brother
  178. O Great, O Awful Judgment Day
  179. O Haste, the Night Is Nearing
  180. O It’s Grand to Be a Soldier
  181. O Jesus, I Love Thee
  182. O Land of God
  183. O Let Us Be Endeavorers to Do the Master’s Will
  184. O Love of Christ
  185. O My Father, Rough and Steep
  186. O Ring, Glad Bells
  187. O Savior, Come and Walk with Me
  188. O Sing a Song for May Day
  189. O Sing, Fellow Soldiers
  190. O Sing on Earth, for Up in Heaven
  191. O Sinner, Delay Not
  192. O Speak Kind Words to One and All
  193. O Speak Kind Words, Where’er You Be
  194. O the Cross of Christ, Behold It
  195. O the Golden Sunset Ferry
  196. O Thou Our King, Enthroned in Realms on High
  197. O Thought So Sweet with Comfort
  198. O to Win a Soul for Jesus
  199. O What a King, Behold He Stands
  200. O Where Are You Going
  201. O Why Have You Wandered So Far From the Right Way?
  202. O Wondrous Thought: Christ Died for Me
  203. O Weary with Transgression
  204. O We Are the Reapers
  205. O Where Are the Reapers?
  206. O Whither Are You Going
  207. Of All God’s Tender Promises
  208. Of All the Bible Stories
  209. Oh, City of the Angels!
  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. Praise the Lord for All His Loving Kindness
  224. Pray Brother Pray Discouraged Never Grow
  225. Rally Round the Banner of Our Savior King
  226. Rejoice, for the Wanderers Are Coming
  227. Rise Up to Labor, Ye Who Sit
  228. Roads Steep and Stony Our Feet Find to Tread
  229. Rouse Up to Work That Waits for Us
  230. Savior, Bless Me
  231. Say, Little Soldiers, Who Fight for the True
  232. See, the Hill Is Clad in Snow
  233. See the Light, Sailors, the Port Is Not Far
  234. Set a Glad Song Ringing
  235. Shall We Sing in Heaven’s Bright Courts
  236. Sing It, the Love of the Savior
  237. Soldier of Christ, Art Thou Famished
  238. Some Day Earth’s Faithful Ones
  239. Some Earthly Friendships Fail Us
  240. Something for Jesus, O, What Shall It Be
  241. Something’s Going to Happen
  242. Sometime, God Knoweth When
  243. Sometimes a Vision Comes to Me
  244. Sometimes the Mists of Doubt and Sin
  245. Song of Heaven and Homeland, A
  246. Soul From the Kingdom, The
  247. Soul, Is the Conflict Deepening
  248. Soul of the Christian, Be Happy
  249. Sow the Good Seed of the Spirit
  250. Sow the Good Seed of the Spirit God Will Send the Rain
  251. Speak a Little Word for Jesus
  252. Speed Away, Speed Away to the Isles of the Sea
  253. Speed the Day, Happy Day, When Our Land Shall Be Free
  254. Stand Up for Christ, My Brother
  255. Storm Is Raging Upon the Deep, A
  256. Sweet Little Pansy, the Winter Is Near
  257. Swifter Than a Weaver’s Shuttle
  258. Tenderly, Lovingly, Calleth Today
  259. Tide of Jesus’ Mighty Love, The
  260. There Are Hills Beyond the Valley Where the River Glideth By
  261. There Are Times When a Word Just a Friendly Word
  262. There Are Times When We Grow Weary
  263. There Is a Narrow Way That Leads
  264. There Is a Song I Love to Sing
  265. There Is Gladness Up in Heaven
  266. There Is No Friend Like Jesus, So Loving, Kind and True
  267. There Is Only One Way of Salvation
  268. There’s a Beautiful Land O’er the Ocean of Time
  269. There’s a Better Day Approaching
  270. There’s a Mighty Warfare
  271. There’s a Question We Must Settle
  272. There’s a River That Runs
  273. There’s a Song I Love to Sing When My Heart Is Sad
  274. There’s a Story Old of a Christ
  275. There’s Never a Day So Dreary That It Has No Hint of Sun
  276. They Brought Their Gifts to Jesus4
  277. They Tell of a Christ Who on Calvary
  278. They Tell Us of a Happy Land
  279. Though Faith to Move Mountains
  280. Though Sorrows Come About
  281. Though the Road Is Rough and the Hills Are Steep
  282. Through the Dark and Silent Forests
  283. Through the Green Pastures
  284. Through the Mists of Night Is Shining
  285. Throw Open Wide the Windows
  286. ’Tis a Sweet and Wonderful Story
  287. To and Fro Our Hands Are Swinging
  288. To Weary Hearts the Promises of God
  289. Traveling on in the Path That the Savior Trod
  290. Twilight’s Fairy Fingers, The
  291. ’Twill Not Be Long Before the Night Is Over
  292. Waiteth the Golden Harvest
  293. Watched By the Eye That Never Sleeps
  294. Way That Leads Us Heavenward, The
  295. We Are a Band of Workers for Jesus
  296. We Are Loyal Christian Soldiers
  297. We Are Sailing O’er an Ocean
  298. We Are Soldiers in an Army
  299. We Are Soldiers in the Army
  300. We Are Workers for the Master
  301. We Come with Blossom
  302. We Shall Not Weep in Heaven
  303. Weary Pilgrim, Go to Jesus
  304. Welcome, Happy Voices
  305. What Shall Be the Tribute
  306. What Word in All God’s Promises
  307. When a Wandering One Comes Back
  308. When I Am Bowed with Grief
  309. When I Am Worn and Weary
  310. When I Get Home to Father’s Land
  311. When I Read the Dear Old Story
  312. When I Was Wandering Far
  313. When Our Earthly Life Is Ended
  314. When Tempests Rise About
  315. When the Battle Trumpet Calls Forth
  316. When the Bridegroom Cometh
  317. When the Day Is Stormy
  318. When the Friends We Have Trusted
  319. When the Ills of Life Beset Me
  320. When the Path I Am Treading Is Rough and Steep
  321. When the Path of Life Has Led Me
  322. When the Way Is Rough and Steep
  323. When Trials Come As Come They Will
  324. When Up in Heaven the Angels Sing
  325. When We Get Over the River
  326. When We Grow Weary and the Way Looks Dark
  327. While Life’s Summer Days Go By
  328. Who Knows What Dangers
  329. Willie Brought His Little Bible
  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