November 22, 1840, Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts.

March 4, 1901, Northfield, Massachusetts.

Center Cemetery, Northfield, Massachusetts.


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. Complete in Him, O Precious Word
  38. Cross of Christ, by Which Salvation
  39. Crowning Day, The
  40. Doers of the Word
  41. Drawing Near with Full Assurance
  42. Fix Your Eyes upon Jesus
  43. Glory to God the Father
  44. God Bless You, from the Heart We Sing
  45. God Is Now Willing, in Christ Reconciled
  46. Have Faith in God
  47. Have You Any Room for Jesus?
  48. He Is Not Here, but Is Risen!
  49. He Stands, the King of Glory
  50. Heavenly Race, The
  51. Hope of the Coming of the Lord, The
  52. I Believed in God’s Wonderful Mercy and Grace
  53. I Am the Door
  54. I Know Whom I Have Believed
  55. I Have a Faith in Christ My Lord
  56. I Have Need of Salvation from Sin
  57. I Have Nothing to Do with Tomorrow
  58. I Looked to Jesus
  59. I Shall Be Satisfied
  60. I Thirst, I Thirst, the Savior Said
  61. I Will!
  62. I Will Pass Over You
  63. I Will Praise Thee
  64. I’ll Stand by Until the Morning
  65. I’ve Found the Life of Truest Joy
  66. Jesus Christ Our Savior
  67. Jesus Is Coming
  68. Jesus of Nazareth
  69. Let Earth with Hallelujahs Ring
  70. Let the Message Go Forth
  71. Life Once Was a Mystery Awful to Me
  72. Little While, A
  73. Living God, Who by His Might, The
  74. Look unto Me
  75. Lord, Teach Us How to Pray
  76. Love That Gave Jesus to Die, The
  77. Master Is Come and Is Calling for Thee, The
  78. Moment by Moment
  79. More and More the Weight of Glory
  80. Much of My Life, Lord, Seems to Me
  81. My Savior Tells Me So
  82. Neither Do I Condemn Thee
  83. Night Is Heavy, Long and Dreary, The
  84. No More the Curse, O Christ
  85. Not My Own
  86. O Joyful Life, to Live for God
  87. O Precious Heavenly Knowledge
  88. O Sweet and Blessed Secret
  89. O Tender Beseechings of Jesus
  90. O What Is Whiter Than the Snow?
  91. Oft Within a Little Cottage
  92. Oh, Revive Us by Thy Word
  93. Once More We Come, God’s Word to Hear
  94. One as Much as Another
  95. Our Hearts Are Filled with Joy Today
  96. Over Fields That Are White for the Harvest
  97. Paradise
  98. Pardon, Peace and Power
  99. Praise, O Praise Jehovah, Earth and Sea
  100. Preach the Gospel
  101. Redeemed by Christ Who Died for Me
  102. Redeemed
  103. Redemption Ground
  104. Ring Out the Word from Christ the Lord
  105. Sadly from the Field of Conflict
  106. Saved to Serve
  107. Sin No More
  108. Spirit So Holy, Spirit of Love
  109. Stand Still, and Trust His Might
  110. Storm Is High, but at the Helm, The
  111. Stretch Forth Thy Hand, Thy Palsied Hand
  112. There Is Never a Soul So Sinful
  113. There Shall Be Showers of Blessing
  114. There’s a Beautiful World Above
  115. There’s a Glorious Kingdom Waiting in the Land
  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