We don't often ask for money. Just twice a year. This is one of those times. 

So, please, before you hit the "close" button on this box, would you consider a donation to keep Hymnary.org going? 

In April 2020, according to Google Analytics, our Hymnary website had roughly 1.5 million sessions from approximately 1 million users. Both numbers were up 40% from April 2019. Amazing. And what a blessing! But it is expensive to serve all of these people -- worship leaders, hymnologists, hymn lovers and more -- people like you who love hymns.

And we have limited sources of revenue. This fund drive is one critical source. 

So if you benefit from Hymnary.org, would you please consider a donation today? Even small amounts help, and they also let us know you're behind us and support what we do. 

You can make your tax-deductible contribution by sending a check to Hymnary.org at 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, or you can click the Donate button below. 

On behalf of the entire Hymnary.org team,
Harry Plantinga

Hubert P. Main

Hubert P. Main
Short Name: Hubert P. Main
Full Name: Main, Hubert P. (Hubert Platt), 1839-1925
Birth Year: 1839
Death Year: 1925

Born: Au­gust 17, 1839, Ridge­field, Con­nec­ti­cut.
Died: Oct­ob­er 7, 1925, New­ark, New Jer­sey.

Son of Syl­ves­ter Main, Hu­bert at­tend­ed sing­ing school un­til 1854, when he went to New York Ci­ty and worked as an er­rand boy in a wall­pa­per house. In Ap­ril 1855, he be­came an er­rand boy in the Bris­tow & Morse pi­a­no com­pa­ny. That same year, he helped his fa­ther ed­it the Sun­day School Lute song­book by Isaac Wood­bu­ry. In 1867, Main was called to fill a po­si­tion in Wil­liam Brad­bu­ry’s pub­lish­ing house. Fol­low­ing Brad­bu­ry’s death in 1868, the Big­low & Main pub­lish­ers were formed as its suc­cess­or. In ad­di­tion to pub­lish­ing, Main wrote over 1,000 piec­es of mu­sic—part song, sing­ing school songs, Sun­day School mu­sic, hymns, an­thems, etc. He al­so col­lect­ed mu­sic books; in 1891, he sold his col­lect­ion of over 3,500 vol­umes to the New­ber­ry Library in Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois, where they were known as the "Main Lib­ra­ry." Main’s works in­clude:

Book of Praise for the Sun­day School, with George A. Bell (New York: Big­low & Main, 1875)
Little Pil­grim Songs/, with Mrs. Wil­bur F. Crafts (New York: Big­low & Main, 1884)
Hymns of Praise, with George A. Bell (New York: Big­low & Main, 1884)
Gems of Song for the Sun­day School, with Ira Sank­ey (Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois: The Big­low & Main Co., 1901)

Hall, pp. 141-6
Hughes, pp. 480-1
Jones, pp. 89-90
McCutchan, p. 299
Hustad, p. 280
Nutter, p. 461


Data Sources

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


It looks like you are using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue helps keep us running. Please consider white-listing Hymnary.org or subscribing to eliminate ads entirely and help support Hymnary.org.