Robert Harkness

2 March 1880–8 May 1961

Note: J.H. Hall reported Harkness’ birth as 2 Mar. 1877, but most other sources give 2 Mar. 1880.

Robert Harkness, in J.H. Hall, Biography of Gospel Song and Hymn Writers (1914).

Featured Hymns:

He will hold me fast

Collections of Hymns:

For the period 1902-1920, see also the bibliography of Charles Alexander.

List below does not include songs published individually; see the catalog at WorldCat

Twelve Sacred Songs (London, 1907): WorldCat

Songs of Courage and Cheer (NY, 1913): WorldCat

Choir Praise No. 1 (London, 1914): WorldCat

Soul Winning Songs (NY, 1914): WorldCat

New Harkness Hymns (Adelaide, 1915): WorldCat

Hymns for Use in Time of War (1915): WorldCat

New Harkness Hymns with Standard Hymns (Melbourne, 1917): WorldCat

Australian Prohibition Songster (1918): WorldCat

New Zealand Prohibition Songster (ca. 1920): WorldCat

Unique Gospel Songs (1923): WorldCat

Harkness Gospel Songs with Standard Hymns (1926): WorldCat

The Music of the Cross (1951): WorldCat

Songs of Salvation (ca. 1959): WorldCat

Hymns with a Message (n.d.): WorldCat

Scripture Choruses (Philadelphia, n.d.): WorldCat

Other Publications:

The Sacred Musician: A Sacred Music Magazine (1932-): WorldCat

Gospel Song Piano Accompaniment [1921]: WorldCat

Reuben Archer Torrey, the Man, His Message (Chicago, 1929): WorldCat

Gospel Song Accompaniment, New Rev. Ed. [1938]: WorldCat

Beginner’s Piano Course in Hymn Playing [1945]: WorldCat

The Harkness Piano Method of Evangelistic Hymn Playing (Kansas City: Lillenas, 1962): WorldCat

Related Resources:

J.H. Hall, Biography of Gospel Song and Hymn Writers (NY: Fleming H. Revell, 1914), pp. 416-419:

Keith Cole, Robert Harkness, the Bendigo Hymnwriter (Bendigo: Keith Cole, 1988): WorldCat

Theodore L. Gentry, “The origins of evangelical pianism,” American Music, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 90-111.

University of California Santa Barbara, Cylinder Audio Archive:

Robert Harkness,