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