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