1839–1909
Harry Robert Trickett

De­cem­ber 1839, Not­ting­ham­shire, Eng­land.

Ap­ril 1909, Ke­o­kuk, Io­wa.

Oak Grove Ce­me­te­ry, Ha­mil­ton, Il­li­nois.

Trickett em­i­grat­ed to Am­er­i­ca at age 12. He went back to Eng­land as a young man to com­plete his ed­u­ca­tion, and stu­died for a ca­reer in law, but soon de­cid­ed for the min­is­try.

After re­turn­ing to Am­er­i­ca, he bought a farm in Mon­te­bel­lo Town­ship, Han­cock Coun­ty, Il­li­nois, which was home for the rest of his life. He be­came a Dis­ci­ples of Christ min­is­ter, and held pas­tor­ates in Il­li­nois, Io­wa, and Mis­sou­ri, and did much evan­gel­is­tic work.

In the clos­ing years of his life, it was his cus­tom to write a Christ­mas ser­mon for the Nau­voo, Il­li­nois, In­de­pen­dent. The clos­ing words of his last ser­mon were:

In all pro­ba­bi­li­ty, this is the last Christ­mas ser­mon I shall write you. Ac­cept as my Christ­mas gift. It is all I have to give you know. There will be no Christ­mas fes­ti­vi­ties for me. I am old and fee­ble and lone­ly, but my heart goes out to you in good wish­es.

I am ve­ry thank­ful for the warmth and shel­ter of the hos­pi­tal, and, while I think and hope that God may give me strength and health again, yet I do not know, nor do I care over­much. It is well, no mat­ter what hap­pens.

Liv­ing or dy­ing, I have par­tak­en of the Christ­mas me­lo­dies. I see be­yond the sha­dow of the cross, and have passed in­to the garden of Jo­seph of Ar­i­ma­the­a, and am stand­ing among the white lil­ies of the re­sur­rect­ion. I see that the ris­en Lord and the Babe of Beth­le­hem are one, and I cry in the words of the grand old chant, O Lamb of God, who tak­eth away the sin of the world, have mer­cy on me.

Amen and amen.

  1. Are You Do­ers of the Word?
  2. Blessèd Are They Who Do His Com­mand­ments
  3. Blow the Trum­pet, Watch­man
  4. Cheer Up, Breth­ren, Pil­grim
  5. Christ for Me, O Joy Di­vine
  6. Christ the Lord Is My Sal­va­tion
  7. Come, for the Ban­quet Is Wait­ing
  8. Come to the Feast
  9. Come, He Is Call­ing
  10. Dark Is the Night, and the Waves Run High
  11. Dark Is the World, My Bro­ther
  12. Drifting Away, Drift­ing Away, Leav­ing the Har­bor
  13. Fainter the Pulse Is Beat­ing
  14. Fairer Than Dawn of the Morn­ing
  15. From the Child­ren Who Dwell
  16. Guilty Soul, Lift Up Thine Eyes
  17. He Is with Me
  18. I Love Thee, I Love Thee, O Sav­ior Di­vine
  19. In the De­sert of Sor­row and Sin
  20. Jesus, Full of Truth and Grace
  21. Jesus Is Rea­dy Your Sins to For­give
  22. Kingdom Shall Stand, The
  23. Light of the World
  24. Mingled To­ge­ther the Wheat and the Chaff
  25. None but Je­sus Is Able to Save
  26. Not by Peace Alone
  27. O How Pre­cious Is the Pro­mise
  28. O Tear Stained Cheek
  29. O Ye Wan­der­ers, Come
  30. O Go Now, Ye Sin­ners, and Weep
  31. Old Path­way, The
  32. Once I Wan­dered Away from the Good Shep­herd’s Fold
  33. Once on the Ocean Sailed
  34. Only for Thee, Sav­ior Di­vine
  35. Our Tents Are All Fold­ed
  36. Rejoice, O Ye Child­ren, Re­joice
  37. Rock and the Sand, The
  38. Salvation for All the Sav­ior Has Died
  39. Saved, Saved, Saved, Saved by the Blood
  40. Sing of Je­sus, Praise, O Praise Him
  41. Strive to E­nter the Strait Gate
  42. Trusting Day by Day
  43. We Are Vol­un­teers for Je­sus
  44. We Shall See and Know
  45. What Can the Child­ren Do?
  46. What Host Is This?
  47. When Jesus Saw Men Hea­vy La­den
  48. When My Heart Is Dis­tressed
  49. When We Pass Death’s Si­lent Por­tals
  50. Where the Gold­en Bells
  51. With Crowns on Their Heads
  52. Yes, He Is Com­ing, No An­gel Can Say