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W. A. Ogden › Tunes

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.

Tunes by W. A. Ogden (187)sort descendingAsInstances
[A fountain of life is opened wide]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[A Little Band] W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[A pilgrim and a stranger]William Augustine Ogden (Composer)2
["All things are ready," come to the feast!]W. A. Ogden (Composer)27
[Are you ready for the Bridegroom's coming?]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[Are you walking with the Savior] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)5
[Are you willing that the Lamb of God shall be]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Are you willing to wander from Jesus]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[As doves to their windows we're coming to Thee]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[As the Mountains] W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[As the serpent was by Moses]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Baptize us anew]W. A. Ogden (Composer)5
[Behold, what manner of love the Father hath]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Beside the well at noontime] (Ogden)W. A. O. (Composer)2
[Beyond the cares of life, and bitter pain]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Blessed be the fountain of life today]W. A. Ogden (Composer)4
[Brightly, sweetly, toiling for the Master]W. A. Ogden (Composer)5
[I'm climbing Zion's mountain]William Augustine Ogden (Composer)2
[Come home, prodigal son]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Come to Me, O weary, heavy laden]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
COME TO THE FEAST* (Ogden)William A. Ogden (Composer)1
[Come to the feast that the Lord hath spread]William Augustine Ogden (Composer)3
[Come to the precious gospel feast] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Come walk today with Jesus]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
CONTENTEWilliam Augustine Ogden (Composer)2
[Dearest name in earth or heaven]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
DELIVERANCE (Ogden)William A. Ogden (Composer)52
[Earnest workers, Jesus calls you]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Everlasting life! is the promise giv'n unto them]William Augustine Ogden (Composer)4
[Father, in thy tender mercy]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Fierce is the tempest, loud is its roar]William Augustine Ogden (Composer)5
[Floating down the misty ages]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Follow Christ where he may lead you]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[From the throne of God is streaming]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Gladly, gladly toiling for the Master]W. A. Ogden (Composer)6
[Glorious city, home unclouded]W. A. O. (Composer)2
[Glory, glory, God is our heavenly Father]William Augustine Ogden (Composer)2
["Glory to God!" the angels are singing]William Augustine Ogden (Composer)2
[Go and find the wanderer]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Go and seek for souls astray]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Go and tell the story to thy friends to-day]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[Go tell the glad tidings of Jesus, so sweet]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[Gracious Heavenly Father]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Hail, all hail, this hour of gladness]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Hark, I hear my Savior say]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[Hark, the choral band]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Hark, 'tis the bugle sounding, forward we go]W. A. O. (Composer)2
[Hark, 'tis the voice of the Savior]W. A. O. (Arranger)2
[Have you no time for Jesus]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
["He is able to deliver," Sing the joyful strain]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[He leads me on through deserts drear]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[He shall feed his flock like a shepherd]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Hear, O Lord, our humble supplication]W. A. O. (Composer)3
[Hear the promise of the Lord]W. A. Ogden (Composer)7
[Hear ye the song in the house of prayer]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[How much as children we can do]William Augustine Ogden (Composer)2
[I am coming, Lord, to Thee, with a trembling heart]W. O. Ogden (Composer)3
[I am Jesus' little lamb] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[I gave my life for thee] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[I have heard of Jesus in Bethlehem born]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[I heard a robin singing]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[I heard the voice of Jesus say] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[I remember well]W. A. O. (Composer)2
[I sought the Savior in my grief]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[If through the lone desert]W. A. O. (Composer)2
[If you meet a comrade on the Sabbath day]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[In his name advance]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[In my Father's house are mansions fair]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[In the holy Christian warfare]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[In the Lamb's Book of Life]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[In the mansions eternal]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
INVITATION (Ogden)W. A. O. (Composer)2
[I've a message from the Lord, Hallelujah] (Ogden)W.A. Ogden, 1841-1897 (Composer)52
[I've two little hands to work for Jesus]William A. Ogden (Composer)14
[I've wandered in sorrow and sin]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Jesus Paid the Ransom] W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Journeying homeward, we joyously sing]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[Joyful we in our sabbath home]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[Have you ever heard the story] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)5
[Keep step with the Master] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)8
[Kind words and sweet smiles are the roses]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Little sowers, blest indeed]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Lo! the star in the East! over Bethlehem's plain]William Augustine Ogden (Composer)2
[Must Jesus bear the cross alone] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[My Father leads me, and content] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[My soul has found abiding rest] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[Near the cross of Jesus]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[No father's house is full]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Not far, not far from the kingdom] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
UPTON PYNEW. A. Ogden (Arranger)2
[O city of the jasper wall]W. A. Ogden (Composer)4
[O swift to the "rock that is higher than I"]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[O Zion that bringest good tidings]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Oh, glory to God! it is coming again]W. A. Ogden (Composer)1
[O I love to think of Jesus] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[O I love to think of Jesus by the blue, blue sea]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[O the precious blood of Jesus] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[O the sun shineth bright, and the sky smileth blue]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[O what shall it profit thee, brother]W. A. Ogden (Composer)4
[Oh wonderful words by the Master spoken]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[On Jordan's stormy banks I stand] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Onward march we ‘neath the royal banner]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[Open the door for the children] (Ogden)William Augustine Ogden (Composer)2
OTTERBEINW. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[In the golden sunlight]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[Pausing, trembling on the way]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Pilgrim, burdened with thy sin]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Precious promise God hath given] (Ogden)W. A. O. (Composer)2
[Rest in the Lord and patiently wait]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Ring out the bells for Christmas]William Augustine Ogden (Composer)2
[Satan, tares is sowing]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Saved by grace, O blessed tidings]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[Searching the Scriptures, the blessed Scriptures]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[See, the Church of Christ arises]W. A. Ogden (Harmonizer)2
[Seeking the lost, yes, kindly entreating]William A. Ogden (Composer)34
[Send the tidings of salvation]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Shepherd, who Thy tenderest love]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Simply an armor-bearer, lo! I stand]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Sing we of the grace of God]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Sowing the precious seed]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Sowing the seed in the daylight fair] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Step by step, the Lord will safely lead us]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Streiter für Jesum, alle vereint]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Sunshine, bright sunshine, is cheering us today]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Sweet are the promises, kind is the word]William A. Ogden, 1841-1897 (Composer)46
[Tell it out with a shout, hallelujah!]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Tell the good news, the wondrous story]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[Ten thousand hearts are bowing at the feet of Christ our King]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[The blessed Saviour died for me]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[I do not ask for earthly store] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)13
[The Homeland! O the Homeland!] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[The Lord loveth a cheerful giver]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[The precious promise by Jesus given] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[There is a land, a sunny land]William Augustine Ogden (Composer)6
[There is a land of pure delight] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[There's a city like a bride, far beyond the swelling tide]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[There’s a song in my soul that keeps ringing]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[There's a song my heart is singing]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[There's a wonderful theme in the gospel tongue]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[There's work to do for the Master now]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[They are gathering homeward form every land]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[They have reached the sunny shore] (Ogden)W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[They're gathering homeward from every land] (Ogden)William Augustine Ogden (Composer)4
[Though the night be dark, and no light appears]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Though tossed with winds, and faint with fears]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Three cheers for the temperance army]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Through the cleansing blood of the dying Lamb]William Augustine Ogden, 1841-1897 (Composer)2
[Tis dividing the world]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
['Tis the gospel invitation, come and see]W. A. Ogden (Composer)4
['Tis the harvest time, 'tis the harvest time]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[To do my duty day by day]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Today at the feet of my blessed Lord I waited]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Toiler in the vineyard of the blessed Lord]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
TWO LITTLE HANDSWilliam Augustus Ogden (Composer)2
BRING THEM INWilliam A. Ogden (Composer)93
[Washed and redeemed, O wonderful thought]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Watch, earnestly watch]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[We are Coming] W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[We are drifting away]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[We are going home to that land so fair]W. A. O. (Composer)2
[We are marching on to Canaan]W. A. Ogden (Composer)7
[We are often blindly planning]Wm. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[We are soldiers of the Master]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[We are the lambs, the Shepherd's lambs]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[We are workers in the Master’s vineyard]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[We know that Jesus came to save]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[We praise thee, O God, for the Son thou hast given]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[We will gather them around us]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Welcome the sound of the musical bells]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[What are the loves of the angels]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[What is the song the angels sing?]William Augustine Ogden (Composer)2
[Whatever you do, wherever you go]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[When a sinner comes, as a sinner may]William Augustine Ogden (Composer)11
[When He maketh up His jewels]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[When I see the way my Savior leads me]William A. Ogden (Composer)3
[When light divine had touched the hills]W. A. Ogden (Composer)3
[When no earthly friend is near]W. A. O. (Composer)2
[When on the wild tumultuous sea]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[When Thou comest in Thy kingdom]W. A. Ogden (Composer)4
[Where is that unknown country?]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Why this sad wailing over land and over sea]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Within thy tabernacle, Lord]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Work, O work, there is rest]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Working, O Christ, with thee]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
[Wŷn bach Iesu Grist a Duw]W. A. Ogden (Composer)2
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