1840–1908
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Au­gust 28, 1840, Ed­in­burg, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Aug­ust 13, 1908, Brook­lyn, New York.

Green-Wood Ce­me­te­ry, Brook­lyn, New York.

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Ira was the son of Da­vid Ira San­key and Ma­ry Lee­per, hus­band of Fran­ces Vic­tor­ia Ed­wards, and father of Ira A. San­key.

As a young man, he served in the Ame­ri­can ci­vil war. He of­ten helped the un­it chap­lain and led his fel­low sol­diers in hymn sing­ing.

After the war, he joined the In­ter­nal Rev­e­nue Ser­vice, and al­so worked with the Young Men’s Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion (YMCA). He be­came well known as a Gos­pel sing­er, and event­u­al­ly came to the at­ten­tion of evan­gel­ist Dwight Ly­man Moody.

The two men met at a YMCA con­ven­tion in In­di­an­a­po­lis, In­di­a­na, in June, 1870. Some months later, San­key at­tend­ed his first evan­gel­is­tic meet­ing with Moo­dy, and re­signed from gov­er­nment ser­vice short­ly there­af­ter.

In Oc­tober 1871, San­key and Moo­dy were in the mid­dle of a re­viv­al meet­ing when the Great Chi­ca­go Fire be­gan. The two men bare­ly es­caped the con­fla­gra­tion with their lives. San­key end­ed up watch­ing the ci­ty burn from a row­boat on Lake Mi­chi­gan.

Sankey com­posed about 1,200 songs in his life­time. He was blind from glau­co­ma the last five years of his life, and no doubt found a kin­dred spir­it in his blind friend and mu­sic mak­ing partner Fan­ny Cros­by. His works in­clude:

  1. For Me! For Me!
  2. King Is Com­ing, The
  3. O Chris­tian Youth, Arise!
  4. Out of the Sha­dow-Land
  1. Aachen
  2. Able to De­liv­er
  3. Adana
  4. Algarve
  5. Army of En­dea­vor
  6. Awake and Watch
  7. Azariah
  8. Barbuda
  9. Be Ye Strong in the Lord
  10. Behold the Won­drous Love
  11. Believe and Obey
  12. Bermuda
  13. Blessèd Re­deem­er
  14. Bountiful Har­vest
  15. Bring in the Child­ren
  16. Buenos Aires
  17. C’est En­core Temps
  18. Christian’s Good Night, The
  19. Cleansing Foun­tain, The
  20. Clephane
  21. Come Home, My Child
  22. Come, Oh Come, with Thy Brok­en Heart
  23. Come, Prod­i­gal, Come
  24. Crewdson
  25. Daniel
  26. Dar es Sa­laam
  27. Denpasar
  28. Descend, O Flame
  29. Douglas
  30. Eindhoven
  31. Esrom
  32. Faith Is the Vic­to­ry
  33. Fisherman’s Wharf
  34. Fort Col­lins
  35. Gather in the Sheaves
  36. Grace, ’Tis a Charm­ing Sound
  37. Grand Is the Song
  38. Grasmere
  39. Graz
  40. Great Je­ho­vah, Mighty Lord
  41. Habana
  42. Hanoi
  43. Handwriting on the Wall, The
  44. Harbor Bell, The
  45. Have You Sought?
  46. He Is Com­ing
  47. He Who Safe­ly Keep­eth
  48. Hear Us, O Sav­ior!
  49. Help Me
  50. Houston
  51. How Can I Keep from Sing­ing?
  52. I Am Pray­ing for You
  53. I Am Re­deemed
  54. I Know He Is Mine
  55. It Is Fi­nished!
  56. It Pas­seth Know­ledge
  57. Jesse
  58. Jesus, I Will Trust Thee
  59. Kathmandu
  60. Kawasaki
  61. Kilauea
  62. King Is Comi­ng, The
  63. Lattimore
  64. Lecce
  65. Let the Bless­èd Sav­ior In
  66. Let Us Walk in the Light
  67. Light After Dark­ness
  68. Little Steps
  69. Little While, A
  70. Łódź
  71. Lord Is King!, The
  72. Los Pad­res
  73. Lucca
  74. Mace
  75. Malé
  76. Marlborough
  77. Marley
  78. Matagorda
  79. Minas Ger­ais
  80. Mirjana
  81. Model Church, The
  82. Morelos
  83. Mountain
  84. My Ship Is Com­ing In
  85. Never Say Good­bye
  86. Ninety and Nine, The
  87. Not Far from the King­dom
  88. Not Now, My Child
  89. O Bless­èd Be the Lord
  90. O Bro­ther, Life’s Jour­ney Be­gin­ning
  91. O Beau­ti­ful Sea
  92. O Be­lieve Him
  93. O Child of God
  94. O Serve the Lord
  95. O Songs of the Beau­ti­ful
  96. O, What a Sav­ior
  97. O Zion! Love­ly Zi­on!
  98. Oaxaca
  99. O’er Land and Sea
  100. Only Re­mem­bered
  101. Only to Know
  102. Onward, Sol­diers
  103. Onward Will We Go
  104. Onward, Up­ward
  105. Ostrava
  106. Over the Beau­ti­ful Ri­ver
  107. Precious Bless­ings
  108. Precious Words
  109. Resurrection Morn
  110. Samsun
  111. San Mar­cos
  112. San Ma­teo
  113. Sankey
  114. Send the Gos­pel Light
  115. Send Us Show­ers of Bless­ing
  116. Seward
  117. Shadow of the Rock, The
  118. Shelter in the Time of Storm, A
  119. Sheppard
  120. Shine On, O Star!
  121. Shipton
  122. Simeon
  123. Soldier of the Cross, A
  124. Song of Hea­ven and Home­land, A
  125. Sonoma
  126. Stacy
  127. Staffordshire
  128. Steiner
  129. Story Must Be Told, The
  130. Story That Ne­ver Grows Old, The
  131. Substitution
  132. Take Me as I Am
  133. Tarragona
  134. Tell It Out
  135. There Are Lone­ly Hearts to Cher­ish
  136. There Is a Par­a­dise of Rest
  137. There’ll Be No Dark Val­ley
  138. They That Be Wise
  139. This Is Our En­dea­vor
  140. Through the Val­ley and the Sha­dow
  141. Thy Hand Up­hold­eth Me
  142. Tirana
  143. To Arms! To Arms! Ye Sol­diers!
  144. To Be There
  145. Topeka
  146. Trim Thy Lamp
  147. Trust
  148. Trusting Je­sus
  149. Under His Wings
  150. Valdez
  151. Vallejo
  152. Victory Is Won
  153. Waiting for Thy Com­ing
  154. We Will Fol­low Thee
  155. Welcome! Wan­der­er, Wel­come!
  156. What a Ga­ther­ing
  157. When My Wea­ry Hands Are Fold­ed
  158. When the King Shall Come!
  159. When the Mists Have Rolled Away
  160. Where the Sav­ior Leads
  161. Whoever Will, Who­ev­er Will
  162. Whosoever Shall Call
  163. Wonderful Word
  164. Yet There Is Room
illustration
Great Chicago Fire, 1871