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. Kilauea
  58. King Is Coming, The
  59. Lattimore
  60. Let the Blessèd Savior In
  61. Let Us Walk in the Light
  62. Light After Darkness
  63. Little Steps
  64. Little While, A
  65. Łódź
  66. Lord Is King!, The
  67. Los Padres
  68. Lucca
  69. Mace
  70. Malé
  71. Marlborough
  72. Marley
  73. Matagorda
  74. Minas Gerais
  75. Mirjana
  76. Model Church, The
  77. Morelos
  78. Mountain
  79. My Ship Is Coming In
  80. Never Say Goodbye
  81. Newcastle
  82. Ninety and Nine, The
  83. Not Far from the Kingdom
  84. Not Now, My Child
  85. O Blessèd Be the Lord
  86. O Brother, Life’s Journey Beginning
  87. O Beautiful Sea
  88. O Believe Him
  89. O Child of God
  90. O Serve the Lord
  91. O Songs of the Beautiful
  92. O, What a Savior
  93. O Zion! Lovely Zion!
  94. Oaxaca
  95. O’er Land and Sea
  96. Only Remembered
  97. Only to Know
  98. Onward, Soldiers
  99. Onward Will We Go
  100. Onward, Upward
  101. Ostrava
  102. Out of the Shadow-Land
  103. Over the Beautiful River
  104. Precious Blessings
  105. Precious Words
  106. Resurrection Morn
  107. San Marcos
  108. San Mateo
  109. Sankey
  110. Send the Gospel Light
  111. Send Us Showers of Blessing
  112. Seward
  113. Shadow of the Rock, The
  114. Shelter in the Time of Storm, A
  115. Sheppard
  116. Shine On, O Star!
  117. Shipton
  118. Simeon
  119. Soldier of the Cross, A
  120. Song of Heaven and Homeland, A
  121. Sonoma
  122. Stacy
  123. Staffordshire
  124. Steiner
  125. Story Must Be Told, The
  126. Story That Never Grows Old, The
  127. Substitution
  128. Take Me as I Am
  129. Tarragona
  130. Tell It Out
  131. There Are Lonely Hearts to Cherish
  132. There Is a Paradise of Rest
  133. There’ll Be No Dark Valley
  134. They That Be Wise
  135. This Is Our Endeavor
  136. Through the Valley and the Shadow
  137. Thy Hand Upholdeth Me
  138. Tirana
  139. To Arms! To Arms! Ye Soldiers!
  140. To Be There
  141. Topeka
  142. Trim Thy Lamp
  143. Trust
  144. Trusting Jesus
  145. Under His Wings
  146. Valdez
  147. Vallejo
  148. Waiting for Thy Coming
  149. We Will Follow Thee
  150. Welcome! Wanderer, Welcome!
  151. What a Gathering
  152. When My Weary Hands Are Folded
  153. When the King Shall Come!
  154. When the Mists Have Rolled Away
  155. Where the Savior Leads
  156. Whoever Will, Whoever Will
  157. Whosoever Shall Call
  158. Wonderful Word
  159. Yet There Is Room

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Great Chicago Fire, 1871