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

illustration
Great Chicago Fire, 1871