Born: March 14, 1826, Buck­land, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Died: Ap­ril 14, 1888, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Buried: Plain Ce­me­te­ry, Ash­field, Mas­sa­chu­setts.


William was the son of Will­iam Sher­win and Mar­cia Car­ter, and hus­band of Ma­ry Ann Howes.

After mov­ing to Bos­ton as a teen­ag­er, he stu­died mu­sic un­der Low­ell Mas­on. He lat­er worked at the New Eng­land Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic, and taught sing­ing in Mas­sa­chu­setts and New York.

He was the first mu­sic di­rect­or oft the Chau­tau­qua Move­ment near Chau­tau­qua, New York, and was mu­sic­al ed­it­or at Big­low and Main pub­lish­ers.

His works in­clude:

  1. All Praise Be­longs to Thee, O God
  2. Art Thou Lost?
  3. Behold the Lamb of God
  4. Bright Jew­els of Song
  5. Child’s Faith, A
  6. Children’s Thanks
  7. Christ, the Lord Im­man­u­el
  8. Come Now with Joy and Sing­ing
  9. Entreat Me Not to Leave Thee
  10. Father, High in Glo­ry
  11. Father Most Ho­ly
  12. God Bless the Child­ren
  13. God Our Re­fuge
  14. Grander Than Ocean’s Sto­ry
  15. Hail the Day
  16. Hail the Hap­py Day
  17. Hark! The Spir­it Whis­pers Low
  18. Holy Spir­it, Give Us Light
  19. How We Love the Bi­ble
  20. I Need Thee, O My God
  21. In Ho­ly Ex­ul­ta­tion
  22. In the March of Life
  23. Jesus Bids You Come
  24. Lo! A Migh­ty Host
  25. Lo, the Child­ren Come with Sing­ing
  26. Marching On
  27. Marching to Glo­ry
  28. Master Call­eth Thee, The
  29. Merry Christ­mas Bells
  30. Noah’s Dove
  31. Now Thy Throne Ad­dress­ing
  32. O Fa­ther, in These Hal­lowed Courts
  33. O Lamb of God, Come In
  34. Once More We Lift Our Souls
  35. Open Thou Our Eyes
  36. Our Glad Ju­bi­lee
  37. Our Hope in Je­sus
  38. Over the Ocean, from Lands Far Away
  39. Over the Ri­ver
  40. Power to Obey
  41. Praise the Lord in Song
  42. Praise the Re­deem­er
  43. Sing of Christ
  44. Speed the Gos­pel Ar­my
  45. Tell Thy Sav­ior
  46. Through the Jor­dan
  47. To God We Lift
  48. To Thee
  49. Trust in the Lord
  50. Trust the Lord
  51. Up from the Sealed Tomb
  52. We Ga­ther Re­joic­ing To­day
  53. We’re the Child­ren of a King
  54. Welcome Home!
  55. Why Is Sar­ah Stand­ing There?
  56. Why Is Thy Faith in God’s Great Love So Small?
  57. Why Is Thy Faith So Small?
  58. With Cheer­ful Songs, Eter­nal King
  59. Year’s March Near­er Home, A
  1. Ávila
  2. Awake! for the Trum­pet Is Sound­ing!
  3. Baytown
  4. Beautiful Val­ley of Ed­en
  5. Better Land
  6. Bread of Life
  7. Caballero
  8. Callaway
  9. Chautauqua, Ev­en­ing Praise
  10. Cockfosters
  11. Colima
  12. Cuesta
  13. Cutting
  14. Fully Per­suad­ed
  15. Galilee, Bright Ga­li­lee
  16. God’s Love
  17. Hear the Call
  18. Heavenly Fold
  19. Just as God Leads Me I Would Go
  20. Lahore
  21. La Porte
  22. Leaning on Je­sus
  23. Mason
  24. Master’s Call, The
  25. Metz
  26. Monsell
  27. Nacimiento
  28. Nicosia
  29. O, Be Glad, Ye Child­ren
  30. Odessa
  31. Our Song of Ju­bi­lee
  32. Praise the Giv­er of All
  33. Sachsen
  34. Salzgitter
  35. San Ra­fa­el
  36. Shenzhen
  37. Sherwin
  38. Somme
  39. Sound the Bat­tle Cry
  40. Strive for Eter­nal Day
  41. Virginia Beach
  42. Wake the Song
  43. Whom Have I in Hea­ven?
  44. Wimbledon
  45. Yukon