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

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Great Chicago Fire, 1871