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W. A. Ogden

W. A. Ogden
Short Name: W. A. Ogden
Full Name: Ogden, W. A., (William Augustine), 1841-1897
Birth Year: 1841
Death Year: 1897

William A. Ogden, 1841-1897

Born: Oc­to­ber 10, 1841, Frank­lin Coun­ty, Ohio.
Died: Oc­to­ber 14, 1897, To­le­do, Ohio.

When Ogden was six years old, his fam­i­ly moved to In­di­a­na. He began stu­dy­ing mu­sic in lo­cal sing­ing schools at age 8, and could read church mu­sic fair­ly well by age 10. A lit­tle la­ter, he could write a mel­o­dy by hear­ing it sung or played. When he was 18, he be­came a chor­ist­er in his home church.

At the out­break of the Amer­i­can ci­vil war, Og­den en­list­ed in the 30th In­di­a­na Vol­un­teer In­fant­ry. Duri­ng the war he or­gan­ized a male choir, which be­came well known throug­hout the Ar­my of the Cum­ber­land.

After the war, Og­den re­turned home and re­sumed his mu­sic­al stu­dies. Among his teach­ers were Lowell Mason, Thom­as Hast­ings, E. E. Baily, and B. F. Bak­er, pres­i­dent of the Bos­ton Mu­sic School. As his skills de­vel­oped, Ogden is­sued his first song book, The Sil­ver Song, in 1870; it be­came im­mense­ly pop­u­lar, sell­ing 500,000 co­pies. He went on to pub­lish num­er­ous other song books.

In ad­di­tion to com­pos­ing, Og­den taught at ma­ny schools in the Unit­ed States and Ca­na­da. In 1887, he be­came sup­er­in­tend­ent of mu­sic in the pub­lic schools of To­le­do, Ohio. His works in­clude:
New Sil­ver Songs for Sun­day School (Tole­do, Ohio: W. W. Whit­ney, 1872)
Crown of Life (Tole­do, Ohio: W. W. Whit­ney, 1875)
Notes of Vic­to­ry, with Ed­mund Lo­renz (Day­ton, Ohio: Unit­ed Breth­ren Publishing Com­pa­ny, 1885)
The Way of Life (Tole­do, Ohio: W. W. Whit­ney, 1886)
Gathered Jew­els (Tole­do, Ohio: W. W. Whit­ney, 1886)

Baptize Us Anew
Everlasting Life
He Is Able to De­li­ver Thee
I’ve a Mess­age from the Lord
On a Christ­mas Morn­ing
Ring Out the Bells for Christ­mas
Scattering Pre­cious Seed
Seeking the Lost
Where He Leads I’ll Fol­low
Working, O Christ, with Thee

All Things Are Rea­dy
Bright For­ev­er­more, The
Bring Them In
Clark’s Grove
Come to the Feast
Eye of Faith, The
Gathering Home
Gracious Re­deem­er, The
More Than Con­quer­ors
Star in the East
Steer To­ward the Light
There Is Joy
We’ll Work


Ogden, W. A., is the author of “The blessed Saviour died for me, On the Cross" (Good Friday) and of the music thereto in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs and Solos.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)


The DNAH Archives also has a profile of Ogden from the Portrait and biographical record of city of Toledo and Lucas and Wood counties, Ohio (1895) and a transcription of the Toledo News-Bee article of 16 October 1897 describing how the city paid tribute to Ogden at his death with resolutions, school closings, and funeral program.

Texts by W. A. Ogden (242)sort descendingAsInstances
A fountain of life is opened wideWilliam A. Ogden (Author)4
A heavenly home foreverW. A. O. (Author)2
A mensagem do Senhor - Aleluia!William Augustine Ogden (Author)2
A sinner, I came, for my Lord to beholdWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Ah weary child a momentW. A. Ogden (Author)2
All day long have I gleanedWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
All the air is hushed and holyWilliam A. Ogden (Author)3
And Jesus, when he was straightwayWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Angels are waiting our comingWilliam A. Ogden (Author)3
Anywhere, dear Savior, in Thy vineyard wideWilliam A. Ogden (Author)8
Anywhere with Christ I'll goWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Are you ready for the Bridegroom's comingW. A. O. (Author)4
Are you tenting toward the highlandsW. A. Ogden (Author)7
Are you walking in the light of the gospelWilliam A. Ogden (Author)1
Are you willing that the LambW. A. O. (Author)2
Art thou waiting for the moving of the watersWilliam A. Ogden (Author)1
As doves to their windows we're coming to theeW. A. O. (Author)3
Ask for the old path, for the better wayW. A. O. (Author)2
Awake, O daughter of ZionWilliam A. Ogden (Author)3
Baptize us anew with fire from on highW. A. O. (Author)18
Be of good couraage, be not afraidWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Blessed be the fountain of life todayW. A. O. (Author)9
Brightly, sweetly, toiling for the MasterW. A. O. (Author)21
Clinging to the Rock of AgesWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Come home, prodigal sonW. A. Ogden (Author)2
Come, let us worship and bow down (Ogden)William A. Ogden (Author)2
Come, O come, 'tis the Savior's messageW. A. (Author)2
Come to the feast that the Lord hath spreadW. A. O. (Author)1
Come to the Savior, children, todayW. A. Ogden (Author)5
Come up to the helpWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Consider ye the lilies, contented in their lotWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
"Cuando vengas en tu reino, Cristo, acuérdate de mi"W. A. Ogden (Author)2
Do not falter when the tempter comesWilliam A. Ogden (Author)1
Dulces promesas son las del SeñorWilliam Ogden (Author)2
Dyrbara loeften, ackWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Earnest, faithful banner bearersWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Earnest workers for the MasterWilliam A. Ogden (Author)4
Everlasting life, 'tis the promise givenW. A. O. (Author)4
Far away amid the desertW. A. O. (Author)2
Fresh as the dew of morningWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Frisch und frölich ziehn als muntre PilgerW. A. O. (Author)2
From the throne of God is streamingWilliam A. Ogden (Author)3
Gathering home in the ransomedWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Give to the Lord of thy treasureWilliam A. Ogden (Author)1
Gladly, gladly toiling for the MasterW. A. O. (Author)9
Glory to God, the angels are singingW. A. O. (Author)7
Go and find the wandererW. A. O. (Author)3
Go and gather them inW. A. O. (Author)3
Go and tell the story to thy friends todayW. A. O. (Author)3
Go forward, O worker for JesusW. A. O. (Author)5
Go glean in the Master's vineyardWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Go through the gates, prepare ye the wayWilliam A. Ogden (Author)8
God's eye watches o'er meWilliam A. Ogden (Author)3
God's ways are past our understandingWilliam A. Ogden (Author)4
Great was the pain that He sufferedWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Hoert die kunde von dem herrn hallelujahW. A. O. (Author)2
Hark, the song of angelsW. A. O. (Author)1
Hark, the song of Christmas mornWilliam A. Ogden (Author)4
Hark, 'tis the bugle sounding, forward we goWilliam A. Ogden (Author)4
Hark, 'tis the voice of the Savior Wanderer, calling for theeW. A. O. (Author)3
He is able to deliver, sing the joyful strainWilliam A. Ogden (Author)11
He leadeth me, he leadeth me, His lightWilliam A. Ogden (Author)3
He lono ko'u mai Iesu maiWilliam A. Ogden, 1841-1897 (Author)2
He was despised and rejected of menW. A. O. (Author)5
Hear the promise of the LordW. A. O. (Author)14
Hear ye the call of the LordWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Ho, everyone that thirsteth, Come, oh, comeWilliam A. Ogden (Author)4
Honor bright, honor brightW. A. O. (Author)3
How precious the bloodW. A. Ogden (Author)2
I am coming, Lord, to thee, with a trembling heartW. A. Ogden (Author)16
I am Jesus' little Lamb, Happy all day long I amWilliam A. Ogden (Author)13
I am the Way and the LifeW. A. O. (Author)2
I have a friend to guide meWilliam A. Ogden (Author)4
I have heard of Jesus in Bethlehem bornWilliam A. Ogden (Author)3
I love to tell the story (Ogden)William A. Ogden (Author)2
I wandered in sorrow and sinWilliam A. Ogden (Author)4
If thy walk is upwardWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
If you meet a comrade on the Sabbath dayW. A. O. (Author)4
I'm a child of his promiseWilliam A. Ogden (Author)5
I'm a little pilgrim, And a stranger hereWilliam A. Ogden (Author)5
In happy song our voices we will raiseW. A. O. (Author)4
In highest praise our songsWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
In his name advanceW. A. O. (Author)2
In our Sunday school so dearW. A. Ogden (Author)2
In righteousness be doingWilliam A. Ogden (Author)1
In the Lamb's book of life Will my name there appear?W. A. O. (Author)5
In the land of light and gloryWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
In the mansions eternalW. A. Ogden (Author)2
In the name of Christ, With our flag unfurledWilliam A. Ogden (Author)3
In the roll call of heavenWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
In the shadow of a mightyWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
In thy blessed word, our FatherWilliam A. Ogden (Author)3
Into the fold of the graceWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Into thy temple, LordWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
I've a home far away in the regions immortalWilliam A. Ogden (Author)9
I've a message from the Lord, Hallelujah!William A. Ogden, 1841-1897 (Author)127
I've learned to loveWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
I've two little hands to work for JesusW. A. O. (Author)61
I've wandered in sorrow and sinW. A. O. (Author)2
Jeg et budskab har fra GudW. A. Ogden (Author)2
Jesus bowed in the gardenWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Jesus is calling, "Come to me and live"William A. Ogden (Author)3
Jesus stands by my sideW. A. O. (Author)2
Jesus, the loving ShepherdW. A. Ogden (Author)39
Jesus, the Shepherd, is callingWilliam A. Ogden (Author)3
Joyful we in our Sabbath homeW. A. O. (Author)5
Let the lamp of faith be burningWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Let the tones of triumph ringWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Like gems we may shineWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Like rays of golden sunshineWilliam A. Ogden (Author)4
Like sheep in the desert we’re strayingW. A. Ogden (Author)4
Lo a stranger standing thereW. A. O. (Author)6
Lo his kingdom blessedWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Lord, our praises here begunWilliam A. Ogden (Author)4
Love the Lord with all thy heartWilliam A. Ogden (Author)1
Manos pequeñas Dios me ha dadoWilliam Ogden (Author)2
Many hundred years agoWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Many mansions are in my home so fairW. A. O. (Author)3
My father in heaven I knowWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Neath the shadow of a rockW. A. Ogden (Author)2
Not for crown love I my SaviorWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
O come thou and see what the Lord hath doneWilliam A. Ogden (Author)3
O come, 'tis a bright Sabbath morningWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
O dies Verheissungswort, tröstlich und süssW. A. O. (Author)2
O for a faith that clingethWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
O glory to God, it is coming again (Ogden)William A. Ogden (Author)2
O if my house is built upon a rockWilliam A. Ogden (Author)7
O shall I sing the glad new songWilliam A. Ogden (Author)4
O soul, look up and thou shalt seeWilliam A. Ogden (Author)8
O swift to the RockW. A. O. (Adapter)1
O this world is beautifulWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
O weary pilgram, gone astrayWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
O Zion that bringest good tidingsW. A. O. (Author)9
O'er Judea's plains of lightWilliam A. Ogden (Author)3
Oh, brother, with a willing heart W. A. Ogden (Author)1
O come to the fountain of love todayW. A. Ogden (Author)5
Oh! for the cross is all my gloryW. A. Ogden (Author)2
O I love to think of Jesus, as he journeyed to and froW. A. O. (Author)8
O I love to think of Jesus by the blue, blue seaW. A. O. (Author)2
O the Savior's at the doorW. A. O. (Author)4
O 'tis sweet to bring to JesusW. A. O. (Author)5
O wonderful words by the Master spokenW. A. O. (Author)3
On Christian soldier onWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
On the well at SycharWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Once a lovely stranger stood besideWilliam A. Ogden (Author)3
One by one the loving masterW. A. Ogden (Author)5
One drop of the bloodW. A. Ogden (Author)9
Only for a little whileWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Praise the Lord, his bannerWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Ring out the bells for ChristmasWilliam A. Ogden (Author)1
Sabbath holy to the lowlyWilliam A. Ogden (Author)1
Sailor on the ocean sailingWilliam A. Ogden (Author)9
Satan tares is sowingW. A. O. (Author)2
Saved by grace O blessed tidingsW. A. Ogden (Author)11
Saved by his goodness I amW. A. O. (Author)2
Scattering precious seed by the way-sideW. A. Ogden (Author)74
Searching the scriptures, the blessed scripturesW. A. O. (Author)8
See the sons of God in faith advancingW. A. O. (Author)2
Seeking the lost, yes, kindly entreatingW. A. O. (Author)118
Selige Verheissungen, herrliches WortW. A. Ogden (Author)1
Send the Bible to distant landsW. A. Ogden (Author)2
Shall I meet you in the golden morningWilliam A. Ogden (Author)3
Shall we meet in the land of the blestW. A. Ogden (Author)5
Simply an armor-bearer, lo! I standW. A. Ogden (Author)2
Since thy Father's arm sustains theeW. A. O. (Author)1
Sing we of the grace of GodW. A. O. (Author)4
S'ist das schönste Wort, das auf erden klingtW. A. O. (Author)2
Skjønne er løfterne, lifligt Guds ordW. A. Ogden (Author)2
Sowing seed, precious seedW. A. O. (Author)2
Sowing the precious seedW. A. O. (Author)3
Sowing the seed by the daylightWilliam A. Ogden (Author)1
Stand for the right, brother, stand for the rightWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Step by step the Lord will safely lead usW. A. Ogden (Author)2
Streue des Wortes köstlichen SamenW. A. Ogden (Author)2
Sweet are the promises, Kind is the wordWilliam A. Ogden, 1841-1897 (Author)157
Sweet songs, precious songsW. A. Ogden (Author)2
Tell the good news, the wondrous storyW. A. Ogden (Author)6
Tenderly lead us, Savior aboveW. A. Ogden (Author)2
The blessed Savior died for meW. A. Ogden (Author)6
The children for Jesus, their hearts for his throneW. A. O. (Author)2
The fountain of salvationW. A. O. (Author)4
The gate of love and mercyWilliam A. Ogden (Author)1
The Lord loveth a cheerful giverW. A. O. (Author)4
The Lord of the vineyard is waitingW. A. Ogden (Author)2
The precious blood of Jesus, the precious bloodWilliam A. Ogden (Author)6
The precious seed be sowingWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
There are errands sweetWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
There are little childrenWilliam A. Ogden (Author)4
There are many beauteous mansionsWilliam A. Ogden (Author)3
There's a land of restW. A. Ogden (Author)3
There's a light in the valley, There's a light I seeWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
There's a name that we loveWilliam A. Ogden (Author)5
There's a promise which is writtenWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
There's a song my heart is singing, In my soul its tones are ringingWilliam Augustine Ogden (Author)6
There's a tender voice that whispers to the soul with care opprestWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
There's a wonderful ltheme in the gospel tongueWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
There's a wonderful theme in the gospel tongueW. A. O. (Author)9
There's One that I love dearlyWilliam A. Ogden (Author)1
They're gathering homeward from every landW. A. Ogden (Author)1
Thronging the temple like those of oldWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Through the desert while weWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Thy word is a lamp to my feet, A glorious light to my pathWilliam A. Ogden (Author)6
'Tis dividing the worldW. A. O. (Author)4
'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus every little careWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
'Tis the gospel invitation, come and seeW. A. O. (Author)5
'Tis the grandest theme through the ages rungWilliam A. Ogden, 1841-1897 (Author)143
'Tis the voice of him that criethWilliam A. Ogden (Author)3
To the Master we are goingWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Today at the feet of my blessed Lord I waitedW. A. O. (Author)2
Trusting in the promises, we march alongW. A. O. (Author)3
'Twas the voice of GodWilliam A. Ogden (Author)3
Two little hands to work for JesusWilliam A. Ogden (Author)8
Unvailed in my sins at the cross of my LordW. A. O. (Author)2
Up and labor, the Master isWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Washed and redeemed, O wonderful thoughtW. A. Ogden (Author)3
We are coming, we are coming homeWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
We are going home to that land so fairW. A. O. (Author)2
We are little children (Ogden)William A. Ogden (Author)3
We are little reapers, toiling all the dayWilliam A. Ogden (Author)17
We are marching on, a happy bandW. A. Ogden (Author)3
We are toiling on towardWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
We give thee best endeavorWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
We have met to praiseWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
We know in whom we have believed (Ogden)William A. Ogden (Author)2
We praise thee, O God, for the Son thou hast givenW. A. O. (Author)2
We shall end our careW. A. Ogden (Author)2
We'll take up our [the] stand for the youthWilliam A. Ogden (Author)14
What is the song the angels singWilliam A. Ogden (Author)1
What's this vain world to meWilliam A. Ogden (Author)1
When I awake in the likeness of GodWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
When thou comest in thy kingdomW. A. O. (Author)12
When to Jerusalem he cameWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
When we gather by and byWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
Whither do you journey along, brotherWilliam A. Ogden (Author)4
Who is he that yonder liesW. A. Ogden (Author)3
Whosoever believeth, precious words I hear him sayWilliam A. Ogden (Author)5
Whosoever will may truly comeW. A. O. (Author)5
Why stand ye here idleWilliam A. Ogden (Author)2
With a tender hand he willW. A. O. (Author)2
With joy we are marching to Zion's bright abodeW. A. O. (Author)3
Working O Christ with theeW. A. Ogden (Author)1
Zwei H'ndelein fuer Jesu ArbeitWilliam A. Ogden (Author)3
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