Ira Sankey

28 August 1840–14 August 1908

My Life and the Story of the Gospel Hymns (1906)

Collections of Hymns:

Sacred Songs and Solos:
Sacred Songs and Solos Sung by Ira D. Sankey
(23 hymns, 1873): WorldCat
Sacred Songs and Solos Enlarged (81 hymns, 1874): PDF
Later Songs and Solos (190 hymns): WorldCat
Enlarged Songs and Solos (271 = 81+190, ca. 1878): PDF
Sacred Songs and Solos No. 2 (170 hymns): WorldCat
Sacred Songs and Solos, Nos. I & II Combined (441 hymns = 271+170): PDF
Additional Sacred Songs and Solos (29 hymns): PDF
Additional Sacred Songs and Solos with Standard Hymns (309 hymns): WorldCat
Sacred Songs and Solos with Standard Hymns, Combined (750 = 441+309): WorldCat
New Hymns and Solos (138 hymns): WorldCat
Sacred Songs and Solos with New Hymns (888 = 750+138): WorldCat
The Christian Choir (281 hymns): WorldCat
Sacred Songs and Solos with The Christian Choir (1169 = 888+281): WorldCat
Sacred Songs and Solos Revised and Enlarged (1200 hymns): WorldCat

Gospel Hymns:
Gospel Hymns and Sacred Songs (1875): PDF
Gospel Hymns No. 2 (1876): PDF
Gospel Hymns No. 3 (1878): PDF
Gospel Hymns No. 4 (1881): PDF
Gospel Hymns No. 5 (1897): PDF
Gospel Hymns No. 6 (1891): PDF
Gospel Hymns Nos. 1–6 (1894): PDF

Gospel Songs & Hymns Sung at the Revival Meetings of Messrs. Moody and Sankey (21 hymns, 1874): WorldCat
The New Zealand Revivalist, Being a Selection from the Hymns Sung at Revival Meetings (1875): WorldCat
Hymns and Solos used by Moody & Sankey at Gospel Meetings, ed. Peter Campbell (Sydney, 1875): WorldCat
Hymns for Times of Blessing (n.d.): WorldCat
Welcome Tidings
(1877): PDF
The Gospel Choir
(1886): PDF
Male Chorus No. 1
(1888): PDF
Winnowed Songs for Sunday Schools
(1890): PDF
Junior Christian Endeavor Songs
(1893): PDF
Christian Endeavor Hymns
(1894): PDF
The Gospel Choir No. 2 (1895): PDF
Sacred Songs No. 1 (1896): PDF
Special Sacred Songs, Compiled ... for use in the Northfield Conventions (ca. 1896): WorldCat
Male Chorus No. 2 (1898): PDF
Church Hymns and Gospel Songs (1898): PDF / with suppl. (1903): PDF
Royal Hymnal for the Sunday School (1898): PDF
Sacred Songs No. 2 (1899): PDF
Gems of Song for the Sunday School (1901): PDF
Young People’s Songs of Praise (1902): PDF
The Evangelistic Hymn Book (1902): WorldCat

Ninety and Nine: For Voice and Piano (Toronto: A.S. Irving & Co., ca. 1875): WorldCat


Dwight Lyman Moody Collection, Wheaton College, Buswell Memorial Library: WorldCat

Letters to F. B. Schell, Pierpont Morgan Library: WorldCat

Letter to S.S. McClure, Clifton Waller Barrett Library, University of Virginia: WorldCat

Life & Works:

Maria Peddie, A Consecutive Narrative of the Remarkable Awakening in Edinburgh, Under the Labours of Messrs. Moody and Sankey (London, 1874): WorldCat

Narrative of Messrs. Moody and Sankey’s Labors in Great Britain and Ireland: with Eleven Addresses and Lectures in Full (New York : A.D.F. Randolph, 1875): PDF

John Macpherson, Revival and Revival-Work: A Record of the Labours of D.L. Moody and I.D. Sankey (1875): PDF

E.J. Goodspeed, A Full History of the Wonderful Career of Moody and Sankey (New York, 1876): PDF

Robert Boyd & John Potts, The Lives and Labors of Moody and Sankey (Toronto: A.H. Hovey, 1876): PDF

Wilbur Crafts, Song Victories of the Bliss and Sankey Hymns (Boston, D. Lothrop & Co., 1877): PDF

J. Spencer Curwen, “The Music of the Moody-Sankey Meetings,” Studies in Worship Music, 2nd Series (London: J. Curwen, 1885), pp. 38-43: PDF

Richard S. Rhodes, Dwight Lyman Moody’s Life, Work, and Gospel Sermons … Together with a Biography of His Co-Laborer Ira David Sankey (Chicago: Rhodes & McClure, 1900): PDF

Ira D. Sankey, My Life and the Story of the Gospel Hymns (Philadelphia: Sunday School Times, 1906): PDF

J.H. Hall, “Ira D. Sankey,” Biography of Gospel Song and Hymn Writers (NY: Fleming H. Revell, 1914), pp. 196-201: PDF

George C. Stebbins, Reminiscences and Gospel Hymn Stories (NY: George H. Doran, 1924): WorldCat

Melvin Wilhoit, “Ira David Sankey,” A Guide to the Principal Authors and Composers of Gospel Song of the Nineteenth Century, dissertation (Louisville: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1982), pp. 228-252: SBTS

Esther Heidi Rothenbusch, The Role of Gospel Hymns Nos. 1 to 6 (1875-1894) in American Revivalism, dissertation (University of Michigan, 1991): WorldCat

Mel R. Wilhoit, “‘Sing me a Sankey’: Ira D. Sankey and congregational song,” The Hymn, vol. 42, no. 1 (January 1991), pp. 13-19: HathiTrust

Samuel J. Rogal, Sing Glory and Hallelujah!: Historical and Biographical Guide to Gospel Hymns Nos. 1 to 6 Complete (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1995): WorldCat

Geoffrey M. Troughton, “Moody and Sankey Down Under: A Case Study in Trans-Atlantic Revivalism in Nineteenth-Century New Zealand,” Journal of Religious History, vol. 29, no. 2 (June 2005), pp. 145-162.

Mel R. Wilhoit, “Sing a Sankey: The rise of gospel hymnody in Great Britain,” ed. Martin V. Clarke, Music and Theology in Nineteenth-century Britain (Farnham, 2012): Amazon

Related Links:

Esther R. Crookshank, “Sacred Songs and Solos,” The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology:

Carlton Young & J.R. Watson, “Ira D. Sankey,” The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology:

Mel R. Wilhoit, “Ira D. Sankey,” Grove Music Online:

Edith L. Blumhofer, “Ira David Sankey,” American National Biography Online:

UCSB Cylinder Audio Archive, University of California Santa Barbara:,+Ira+David,+1840-1908

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