1840–1901
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November 22, 1840, Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts.

March 4, 1901, Northfield, Massachusetts.

Center Cemetery, Northfield, Massachusetts.

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Whittle was named after American politician Daniel Webster. Whittle reached the rank of major in the American civil war, and for the rest of his life was known as Major Whittle. During the war, Whittle lost his right arm, and ended up in a prisoner of war camp. Recovering from his wounds in the hospital, he looked for something to read, and found a New Testament. Though its words resonated with him, he was still not ready to accept Christ. Shortly after, a hospital orderly woke him and said a dying prisoner wanted someone to pray with him. Whittle demurred, but the orderly said, But I thought you were a Christian; I have seen you reading your Bible. Whittle then agreed to go. He recorded what took place at the dying youth’s bed side:

I dropped on my knees and held the boy’s hand in mine. In a few broken words I confessed my sins and asked Christ to forgive me. I believed right there that He did forgive me. I then prayed earnestly for the boy. He became quiet and pressed my hand as I prayed and pleaded God’s promises. When I arose from my knees, he was dead. A look of peace had come over his troubled face, and I cannot but believe that God who used him to bring me to the Savior, used me to lead him to trust Christ’s precious blood and find pardon. I hope to meet him in heaven.

After the war, Whittle became treasurer of the Elgin Watch Company in Chicago, Illinois. In less than 10 years, though, he entered the evangelism field. During this period, he worked with musicians Phillip Bliss and James McGranahan. His daughter May Moody also wrote music for some of his lyrics.

Of his decision to devote his life to the Gospel, Whittle said that, while at work, he:

…went into the vault and in the dead silence of the quietest of places I gave my life to my Heavenly Father to use as He would.

Whittle’s works include:

  1. Abundant Pardon, God Hath Said
  2. All’s Clear Up Aloft
  3. As Lives the Flower Within the Seed
  4. As Softly Through the Silent Hours
  5. Awake, Awake, O Christian
  6. Banner of the Cross, The
  7. Be Careful What You Sow
  8. Be Near Me, O My Savior
  9. Be Not Deceived; God Is Not Mocked
  10. Be Still, My Heart, Thy Savior Knows Full Well
  11. Be Ye Strong in the Lord
  12. Behold How Plain the Truth Is Made
  13. Believe, and Keep on Believing
  14. Belovèd, Now Are We
  15. Beyond Our Sight a City Four Square Lieth
  16. Blessèd Hope
  17. Blessed Savior, Ever Nearer I Am Drawing
  18. Brother, Art Thou Worn and Weary?
  19. Brothers, by the Spirit Banded
  20. Burdened Souls No Longer
  21. By Grace Are Ye Saved
  22. Call of God Is Sounding Clear, The
  23. Call of the Roll on High, The
  24. Called Out of Darkness
  25. Carried by the Angels
  26. Christ Hath Redeemed Us, Sing the Glad Word
  27. Christ Is My Redeemer
  28. Christ Liveth in Me
  29. Christian, So Weary and Faint on the Road
  30. Church of God Is Come, The
  31. Church of God Is One, The
  32. Come Believing!
  33. Come Now, Saith the Lord
  34. Come on the Wings of the Morning
  35. Come Weary One, Lift Up Your Face
  36. Comfort, My People, the Lord Hath Said
  37. Coming of the Kingdom Draweth Near!, The
  38. Complete in Him, O Precious Word
  39. Cross of Christ, by Which Salvation
  40. Crowning Day, The
  41. Doers of the Word
  42. Drawing Near with Full Assurance
  43. Fix Your Eyes upon Jesus
  44. Glory to God the Father
  45. God Bless You, from the Heart We Sing
  46. God Is Now Willing, in Christ Reconciled
  47. Have Faith in God
  48. Have You Any Room for Jesus?
  49. He Is Not Here, but Is Risen!
  50. He Stands, the King of Glory
  51. Heavenly Race, The
  52. Hope of the Coming of the Lord, The
  53. I Believed in God’s Wonderful Mercy and Grace
  54. I Am the Door
  55. I Know Whom I Have Believed
  56. I Have a Faith in Christ My Lord
  57. I Have Need of Salvation from Sin
  58. I Have Nothing to Do with Tomorrow
  59. I Looked to Jesus
  60. I Shall Be Satisfied
  61. I Thirst, I Thirst, the Savior Said
  62. I Will!
  63. I Will Pass Over You
  64. I Will Praise Thee
  65. I’ll Stand by Until the Morning
  66. I’ve Found the Life of Truest Joy
  67. Jesus Christ Our Savior
  68. Jesus Is Coming
  69. Jesus of Nazareth
  70. Let Earth with Hallelujahs Ring
  71. Let the Message Go Forth
  72. Life Once Was a Mystery Awful to Me
  73. Little While, A
  74. Living God, Who by His Might, The
  75. Look unto Me
  76. Lord, Teach Us How to Pray
  77. Love That Gave Jesus to Die, The
  78. Master Is Come and Is Calling for Thee, The
  79. Moment by Moment
  80. More and More the Weight of Glory
  81. Much of My Life, Lord, Seems to Me
  82. My Savior Tells Me So
  83. Neither Do I Condemn Thee
  84. Night Is Heavy, Long and Dreary, The
  85. No More
  86. Not My Own
  87. O Joyful Life, to Live for God
  88. O Precious Heavenly Knowledge
  89. O Sweet and Blessed Secret
  90. O Tender Beseechings of Jesus
  91. O What Is Whiter Than the Snow?
  92. Oft Within a Little Cottage
  93. Oh, Revive Us by Thy Word
  94. Once More We Come, God’s Word to Hear
  95. One as Much as Another
  96. Our Hearts Are Filled with Joy Today
  97. Over Fields That Are White for the Harvest
  98. Paradise
  99. Pardon, Peace and Power
  100. Praise, O Praise Jehovah, Earth and Sea
  101. Preach the Gospel
  102. Redeemed by Christ Who Died for Me
  103. Redeemed
  104. Redemption Ground
  105. Ring Out the Word from Christ the Lord
  106. Sadly from the Field of Conflict
  107. Saved to Serve
  108. Sin No More
  109. Spirit So Holy, Spirit of Love
  110. Stand Still, and Trust His Might
  111. Storm Is High, but at the Helm, The
  112. Stretch Forth Thy Hand, Thy Palsied Hand
  113. There Is Never a Soul So Sinful
  114. There Shall Be Showers of Blessing
  115. There’s a Beautiful World Above
  116. There’s a Land Where God His Love Delights to Show
  117. They Tell Me the Story of Jesus Is Old
  118. To Him Be Glory Forevermore
  119. Thou Remainest
  120. True Light Is Shining, The
  121. Two Gates, Two Ways, Two Paths for All
  122. We Are Going Home
  123. We Praise Thee and Bless Thee
  124. We’ll Gather There in Glory
  125. We’re Soldiers of the King
  126. When Jesus Comes Again (arranger)
  127. When My Heart with Sin Was Burdened
  128. Who Came Down from Heaven to Earth
  129. Why Not Now?
  130. Ye Shall Know, O Word of Blessing