July 16, 1848, Johnsburgh, New York.

October 18, 1916, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Bovina Cemetery, Shiocton, Wisconsin.


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, 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 Sound of Singing
  88. I Hear the Angels Cry
  89. I Love to Think of Jesus
  90. I Love to Think of the Beautiful Land
  91. I May Be Poor and Friendless
  92. I Often Wonder, As I Read
  93. I Often Wonder What Will Be
  94. I Read Each Tender Promise
  95. I Read the Dear Old Promise
  96. I Trust It All to God Who Knows
  97. I Was in Utter Bondage
  98. I Wonder If Jesus Remembers
  99. I Would Sing of Jesus’ Love
  100. If Clouds Blot Out the Sunshine
  101. If Hearts, Grown Faint and Weary
  102. If the Path That You Must Tread
  103. If Things Don’t Go to Suit You
  104. If We Grow Weary in the Way
  105. If We Knew About the Trials
  106. If You Find a Heart That’s Hung
  107. If You Know the Mighty Meaning
  108. In Dreams I Hear a Song So Sweet
  109. In Dreams I See the Heavenly Land
  110. In Every Time of Trouble
  111. In Spring the Farmer Sows His Seed
  112. In the Night When Storm and Tempest
  113. In the Pathways We Are Treading
  114. In the Shadow of His Wings
  115. In the Strength of God Go Forth to Win
  116. In Time of Trouble and Grief
  117. Into the Light of God’s Glorious Love
  118. It Will Be a Happy Day
  119. Jesus Has Come to Redeem
  120. Jesus, Lover of My Soul, Sorrow’s Lips
  121. Jesus Loves Me, Blessed Thought
  122. Jesus Loves Me, Even Me
  123. Jesus Loves Us, Jesus Loves Us
  124. Jesus Loves Us, Sing It Gladly
  125. Jesus, Who Loves the Children
  126. Just for Today
  127. Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy, Jesus Has Come to Reign
  128. Keep Striving, the Winners Are Those
  129. Keep Up the Fight, the Battle Must Be Won
  130. Knock, Knock, Knock
  131. Knowing Our Weakness
  132. Land Is Stirred By a Great Commotion, The
  133. Lend a Helping Hand
  134. Let Every Voice for Gladness Sing
  135. Let Me Be Something for Jesus
  136. Let Me Do Something for Jesus
  137. Let Us Come Before the Lord
  138. Let Us Scatter Sunshine All Along Life’s Way
  139. Let Us Sing As We Journey Along
  140. Let Your Light Shine Out
  141. Let’s All Be Birds
  142. Let’s Dare and Do for the Pure
  143. Life’s Work Is Before Us
  144. Lift Up Your Hearts in Exultation
  145. List, to the Bells in the Steeples
  146. Listen Heart, Be Still, I Pray
  147. Listen, O Children
  148. Little Hands, Be Busy
  149. Little Sunbeams
  150. Lives Are Fields Wherein We Sow
  151. Lo, a Conquering Army Marching Gainst
  152. Lo! All Ready for the Gathering
  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. Rejoice, for the Wanderers Are Coming
  228. Rise Up to Labor, Ye Who Sit
  229. Roads Steep and Stony Our Feet Find to Tread
  230. Rouse Up to Work That Waits for Us
  231. Savior, Bless Me
  232. Say, Little Soldiers, Who Fight for the True
  233. See, the Hill Is Clad in Snow
  234. See the Light, Sailors, the Port Is Not Far
  235. Set a Glad Song Ringing
  236. Shall We Sing in Heaven’s Bright Courts
  237. Sing It, the Love of the Savior
  238. Soldier of Christ, Art Thou Famished
  239. Some Day
  240. Some Day Earth’s Faithful Ones
  241. Some Earthly Friendships Fail Us
  242. Something for Jesus, O, What Shall It Be
  243. Something’s Going to Happen
  244. Sometime, God Knoweth When
  245. Sometimes the Mists of Doubt and Sin
  246. Song of Heaven and Homeland, A
  247. Soul From the Kingdom, The
  248. Soul, Is the Conflict Deepening
  249. Soul of the Christian, Be Happy
  250. Sow the Good Seed of the Spirit
  251. Sow the Good Seed of the Spirit God Will Send the Rain
  252. Speak a Little Word for Jesus
  253. Speed Away, Speed Away to the Isles of the Sea
  254. Speed the Day, Happy Day, When Our Land Shall Be Free
  255. Stand Up for Christ, My Brother
  256. Storm Is Raging Upon the Deep, A
  257. Sweet Little Pansy, the Winter Is Near
  258. Swifter Than a Weaver’s Shuttle
  259. Tenderly, Lovingly, Calleth Today
  260. Tide of Jesus’ Mighty Love, The
  261. There Are Hills Beyond the Valley Where the River Glideth By
  262. There Are Times When a Word Just a Friendly Word
  263. There Are Times When We Grow Weary
  264. There Is a Narrow Way That Leads
  265. There Is a Song I Love to Sing
  266. There Is Gladness Up in Heaven
  267. There Is No Friend Like Jesus, So Loving, Kind and True
  268. There Is Only One Way of Salvation
  269. There’s a Beautiful Land O’er the Ocean of Time
  270. There’s a Better Day Approaching
  271. There’s a Mighty Warfare
  272. There’s a Question We Must Settle
  273. There’s a River That Runs
  274. There’s a Song I Love to Sing When My Heart Is Sad
  275. There’s a Story Old of a Christ
  276. There’s Never a Day So Dreary That It Has No Hint of Sun
  277. They Brought Their Gifts to Jesus4
  278. They Tell of a Christ Who on Calvary
  279. They Tell Us of a Happy Land
  280. Though Faith to Move Mountains
  281. Though Sorrows Come About
  282. Though the Road Is Rough and the Hills Are Steep
  283. Through the Dark and Silent Forests
  284. Through the Green Pastures
  285. Through the Mists of Night Is Shining
  286. Throw Open Wide the Windows
  287. ’Tis a Sweet and Wonderful Story
  288. To and Fro Our Hands Are Swinging
  289. To Weary Hearts the Promises of God
  290. Traveling on in the Path That the Savior Trod
  291. Twilight’s Fairy Fingers, The
  292. ’Twill Not Be Long Before the Night Is Over
  293. Waiteth the Golden Harvest
  294. Watched By the Eye That Never Sleeps
  295. Way That Leads Us Heavenward, The
  296. We Are a Band of Workers for Jesus
  297. We Are Loyal Christian Soldiers
  298. We Are Sailing O’er an Ocean
  299. We Are Soldiers in an Army
  300. We Are Soldiers in the Army
  301. We Are Workers for the Master
  302. We Come with Blossom
  303. We Shall Not Weep in Heaven
  304. Weary Pilgrim, Go to Jesus
  305. Welcome, Happy Voices
  306. What Shall Be the Tribute
  307. What Word in All God’s Promises
  308. When a Wandering One Comes Back
  309. When I Am Bowed with Grief
  310. When I Am Worn and Weary
  311. When I Get Home to Father’s Land
  312. When I Read the Dear Old Story
  313. When I Was Wandering Far
  314. When Our Earthly Life Is Ended
  315. When Tempests Rise About
  316. When the Battle Trumpet Calls Forth
  317. When the Bridegroom Cometh
  318. When the Day Is Stormy
  319. When the Friends We Have Trusted
  320. When the Ills of Life Beset Me
  321. When the Path I Am Treading Is Rough and Steep
  322. When the Path of Life Has Led Me
  323. When the Way Is Rough and Steep
  324. When Trials Come As Come They Will
  325. When Up in Heaven the Angels Sing
  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