W. Howard Doane

Birds in Hymns – W. Howard Doane

W. Howard Doane

W. Howard Doane

W. Howard Doane was a musician that composed the music to over 2000 hymns.
Born: Feb­ru­a­ry 3, 1832, Pres­ton, Con­nec­ti­cut.
Died: De­cem­ber 23, 1915, Rhode Is­land.
Buried: Spring Grove Cem­e­te­ry and Ar­bo­re­tum, Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio.

A gift­ed mu­si­cian, Doane helped di­rect mu­sic while at­tend­ing the Wood­stock Academy; with­in two years he had pub­lished his first com­po­si­tion. He called music his “avo­ca­tion.” How­ever, his main trade was sec­u­lar: He was pres­i­dent of the J. A. Fay wood­work­ing ma­chin­ery com­pa­ny, and an ex­treme­ly suc­cess­ful bus­i­ness­man. He was one of the leading gospel musicians at that time. He was a personal friend of Fanny Crosby and together they produced many of her hymns. He al­so served as Sun­day School sup­er­in­tend­ent and choir di­rect­or at the Mount Au­burn Bap­tist Church in Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio, and be­queathed large sums to var­i­ous caus­es. The Doane Me­mor­i­al Mu­sic Build­ing in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois, was named af­ter him. His works in­clude:

* Sabbath School Gems, 1862
* Songs of De­vo­tion, 1868
* The Sil­ver Spray (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: John Church & Co., 1868)
* Songs of De­vo­tion (New York: 1870)
* Pure Gold for the Sun­day School (New York: 1871)
* Roy­al Di­a­dem for the Sun­day School, with Ro­bert Low­ry (New York: Big­low & Main: 1873)
* Brightest and Best, with Ro­bert Low­ry (New York: Big­low & Main: 1875)
* Welcome Tid­ings: A New Col­lect­ion of Sac­red Songs for the Sun­day School, with Ro­bert Low­ry & Ira Sank­ey (New York: Big­low & Main, 1877)
* Gospel Hymn and Tune Book, with Ro­bert Low­ry (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: 1879)
* Hymn Ser­vice for the Sun­day School, with Ro­bert Low­ry, D. A. Whe­don & John H. Vin­cent (New York: Big­low & Main: 1879)
* Good as Gold, with Ro­bert Low­ry (New York: Big­low & Main: 1880)
* The Bap­tist Hymn­al (mu­sic­al ed­it­or) (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Amer­i­can Bap­tist Pub­li­ca­tion So­ci­et­y, 1883)
* Joyful Lays, with Ro­bert Low­ry (New York: Big­low & Main, 1884)
* The Glad Re­frain, with Ro­bert Low­ry (New York: Big­low & Main, 1886)
* Select Gems, with Ro­bert Low­ry (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Amer­i­can Bap­tist Pub­li­ca­tion So­ci­et­y, 1889)
* Sunny-Side Songs for Sun­day Schools (New York: The Big­low & Main Co., 1893)
* Songs of the King­dom (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Amer­i­can Bap­tist Pub­li­ca­tion So­ci­e­ty, 1896)
* Glorious Praise, with Will­iam Kirk­pat­rick (Lou­is­ville, Ken­tucky: The Bap­tist Book Con­cern, 1904)
* Jubilant Voices, with Will­iam Kirk­pat­rick et al. (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: Hope Pub­lish­ing Com­pa­ny, 1907)
* Precious Jew­els of Sac­red Song (Lou­is­ville, Ken­tucky: The World Pub­lish­ing Co., un­dat­ed)
* Song Evan­gel (Lou­is­ville, Ken­tucky: 1906)


* Hall, pp. 77-81
* Hughes, pp. 370-1
* Hustad, p. 232
* Julian, pp. 304, 1559-1560
* Nutter, pp. 405, 455
* Reynolds, pp. 280-1


1. All-Seeing Eye, The
2. Feast of Blessing
3. Like a Bird to Thee
4. No One Knows but Jesus
5. Pray for the Blessing
6. Sounding the Watch-Cry
7. When We All Get Home to Glory


1. Adora­tion
2. Alstyne
3. Beautiful Vale of Rest
4. Beautiful Wit­ness
5. Benjamin
6. Bethesda Is Open
7. Bless This Hour of Pray­er
8. Blessed Are They That Be­lieve
9. Blessed Feast, The
10. Children Sing
11. Choose Ye To­day
12. Christian Bro­ther, o’er the Main
13. Church of Christ, O Sleep No More
14. City of Gold
15. Come, Great De­liv­er­er, Come!
16. Cross of Je­sus
17. Dear Sab­bath Home
18. Dew of Mer­cy
19. Do All the Good You Can
20. Evangel
21. Faith in Jesus
22. Few More March­ings Weary, A
23. First Com­mand­ment
24. Good Old Way, The
25. Guard the Bible Well
26. Hand in Hand
27. Hark! There Comes a Whis­per
28. He Gave His Life for Thee
29. Help Us to La­bor On
30. Hide Me
31. His Words Are True
32. Hour by Hour
33. I Am An­chored Safe
34. I Am Thine, O Lord
35. If Any Man Hear
36. If I Come to Je­sus
37. Into the Depths of the Sea
38. Is It There?
39. Jesus Calls Thee
40. Jesus Is Pass­ing This Way
41. Jesus Was a Child Like Me
42. Just a Word for Je­sus
43. Keep Me Whol­ly Thine
44. King of Zi­on
45. Labor On
46. Lay It Down
47. Let Your Light Shine Out
48. Like a Bird to Thee
49. Lion of Ju­dah, The
50. Moments of Pray­er
51. More Like Jesus
52. More Love to Thee, O Christ
53. Mother’s Good­bye, The
54. My Pre­cious Bi­ble
55. Near the Cross
56. Never Will I Cease to Love Him
57. No Tears in Heav­en
58. One Blessèd Hour with Je­sus
59. Only a Lit­tle Way
60. Only a Step
61. Only One Name
62. Only Thy Gar­ment’s Hem
63. Our Fes­tive Song
64. Out of Bond­age
65. Pass Me Not, O Gen­tle Sav­ior
66. Patriot’s Pray­er, The
67. Pilgrim’s Jour­ney, The
68. Precious Name
69. Preston
70. Pure With­in
71. Rescue
72. Rest in Je­sus
73. Rest over Jor­dan
74. Sacred Fount­ain
75. Safe in the Arms of Je­sus
76. Saved by the Blood
77. Savior, More Than Life
78. Sentinel up­on the Heights
79. Some Sweet Day, By and By
80. Sound the Alarm!
81. Speed for Thy Life
82. Stand by the Right
83. Sweet Voice, The
84. There Is Peace
85. They That Over­come
86. Though Your Sins Be as Scar­let
87. ’Tis Not Far to Jesus
88. ’Tis the Bless­èd Hour of Pray­er
89. To God Be the Glo­ry
90. To Jesus I Will Go
91. To the Work
92. Too Late
93. Tread Soft­ly
94. Tried and True
95. Trust in the Prom­ise
96. Trusting and Hop­ing
97. Trusting Je­sus
98. ’Twill Not Be Long
99. Vision
100. We All Can Do Some­thing for Je­sus
101. We Praise Thee
102. Welcome Hour of Pray­er
103. We’ll Bat­tle to the End
104. We’ll Give Our Hearts to Je­sus
105. What Wilt Thou Have Me to Do?
106. When the Bur­den Bear­er Came
107. Why Do the Ho­ly An­gels Sing?
108. Will Jesus Find Us Watch­ing?
109. Will You Come to the Cross? (1904)

(Some quotes from Cyberhymnal and 101 Hymn Stories by Kenneth Osbeck, plus public domain material)
CyberHymnal – W. How­ard Doane

More information on William Doane from Christian Biography Resources

5 thoughts on “W. Howard Doane

  1. Dear Lee: My name is Chris. I have recently come into a copy of Sunny-side songs for Sunday schools.
    Except for a few torn pages i believe it to be complete except for introduction page. It is copyrighted 1893 by H. Howard Doane. Apparently this is quite rare as all i can find are reprints. I am offering this copy for sale. I can send pics. Any help or pointing me in the right direction to find out more on this would certainly be appreciated. Truly, Chris

    Liked by 1 person

    • Chris, I could only suggest checking around on the internet for Christian Music or Rare Christian books. Maybe a lead will come up. Maybe one of our readers may respond to this commend. What a find, and Lord bless you as you seek to find the information you seek. (I updated your comment, I am Lee, a female. Not to worry, it has happened before. :-) )


  2. Can you provide the sheet music for any or all:
    “Children Sing” by W. Howard Doane
    “Jesus was a child like me” by W. Howard Doane
    “Living for Jesus,” by Charles F. Weig
    -All with lyrics by Fanny Crosby-


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