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Hymns / Music :: Ira David Sankey

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Ira David Sankey (1840-1908)
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Ira David Sankey (1840-1908)

Ira David Sankey (1840-1908)

Born: August 28, 1840, Edinburg, Pennsylvania.

Died: August 13, 1908, Brooklyn, New York.

Buried: Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.

As a young man, Sankey served in the American Civil War. He often helped the unit chaplain and led his fellow soldiers in hymn singing. After the war, he joined the Internal Revenue Service, and also worked with the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). He became well known as a Gospel singer, and eventually came to the attention of evangelist Dwight Lyman Moody. The two men met at a YMCA convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, in June, 1870. Some months later, Sankey attended his first evangelistic meeting with Moody, and resigned from government service shortly thereafter.

In October 1871, Sankey and Moody were in the middle of a revival meeting when the Great Chicago Fire began. The two men barely escaped the conflagration with their lives. Sankey ended up watching the city burn from a rowboat far out on Lake Michigan.

Sankey composed about 1,200 songs in his lifetime. From 1895 to 1908, he was president of the Biglow and Main publishing company. He was blind from glaucoma the last five years of his life, and no doubt found a kindred spirit in his friend and music making partner, blind hymnist Fanny Crosby.


  1. Army of Endeavor
  2. Behold the Wondrous Love
  3. Blessed Redeemer
  4. Christian’s “Good Night”, The
  5. Cleansing Fountain, The
  6. Come, Oh Come, with Thy Broken Heart
  7. Faith Is the Victory
  8. Grace, ’Tis a Charming Sound
  9. Great Jehovah, Mighty Lord
  10. How Can I Keep from Singing?
  11. I Am Praying for You
  12. King Is Coming, The
  13. Light After Darkness
  14. Little While, A
  15. Newcastle
  16. Ninety and Nine, The
  17. O Child of God
  18. Resurrection Morn
  19. Sankey
  20. Shelter in the Time of Storm, A
  21. Story That Never Grows Old, The
  22. Tell It Out (2)
  23. There Are Lonely Hearts to Cherish
  24. There’ll Be No Dark Valley
  25. Trust
  26. Trusting Jesus
  27. Under His Wings
  28. What a Gathering
  29. When My Weary Hands Are Folded
  30. When the Mists Have Rolled Away
  31. Wonderful Word

The Great Chicago Fire, 1871


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