Will L. Thompson

Will L. Thompson
Short Name: Will L. Thompson
Full Name: Thompson, Will L. (Will Lamartine), 1847-1909
Birth Year: 1847
Death Year: 1909

Will Lamartine Thompson (1847-1909)
Born: November 7, 1847, East Li­ver­pool, Ohio.
Died: Sep­tem­ber 20, 1909, New York, New York.
Buried: Ri­ver­view Cem­e­te­ry, East Li­ver­pool, Ohio.

Rebuffed in an ear­ly at­tempt to sell his songs to a com­mer­cial pub­lish­er, Thomp­son start­ed his own pub­lish­ing com­pa­ny. He lat­er ex­pand­ed, open­ing a store to sell pi­an­os, or­gans and sheet mu­sic. Both a lyr­i­cist and com­pos­er, he en­sured he would al­ways re­mem­ber words or mel­o­dies that came to him at odd times:
"No mat­ter where I am, at home or ho­tel, at the store or tra­vel­ing, if an idea or theme comes to me that I deem wor­thy of a song, I jot it down in verse. In this way I ne­ver lose it."
Thompson took ill dur­ing a tour of Eur­ope, and his fam­i­ly cut short their tra­vels to re­turn home. He died a few weeks lat­er.

1.Jesus Is All the World to Me
2.Lead Me Gently Home, Father
3.Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
4.There’s a Great Day Coming



Various biographical sketches and newspaper articles about Thompson are available in the DNAH Archives.

Wikipedia Biography

William Lamartine Thompson (November 7, 1847 – September 20, 1909) was a noted American composer. He founded the W. L. Thompson Music Company and tried his hand with some success at secular compositions before finding his forte in hymns and gospel songs.

Texts by Will L. Thompson (75)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
溫柔引領我,父阿,引領我回家 (Wēnróu yǐnlǐng wǒ, fù ā, yǐnlǐng wǒ huí jiā)Will L. Thompson (Author)Chinese2
يقرع المسيح باب الفؤادWill L. Thompson (Author)Arabic1
يسوع كل المشتهىWill L. Thompson (Author)Arabic1
A sinner was wandering at eventideW. L. T. (Author)English56
Christ is risen, Christ is risen, He hath left the solemn graveWill L. Thompson (Author)English4
Come, home, come home, ye who are weary come home (Chorus)Will L. Thompson (Author)English1
Come, ye that thirst for cooling waterW. L. T. (Author)2
Cristo el Bendito SalvadorW. L. T. (Author)Spanish2
Cristo es el todo para míWill L. Thompson (1847-1909) (Author)Spanish4
Cristo es mi amante SalvadorWilliam L. Thompson, 1847-1909 (Author)Spanish2
Cristo es mi dulce SalvadorWill L. Thompson (Author)Spanish4
Cristo é tudo para mim, é vida, paz e luzWill L. Thompson (Author)Portuguese2
Cuán dulcemente Jesús hoy nos llamaWill L. Thompson (Author)Spanish1
Cuán tiernamente Jesús hoy nos llamaWill L. Thompson (Author)Spanish9
Día grande viene, un día grandeWill L. Thompson (Author)Spanish2
Dolĉe kaj ame Jesuo alvokasWill L. Thompson (Author)Esperanto2
Earnestly for you he's callingWill L. Thompson (Author)2
Freundlich und ernstlich dein Jesus steht rufendWill L. Thompson (Author)German1
Give the flowers to the livingWilliam L. Thompson (Author)8
God save our native land, may union ever standWill L. Thompson (Author)2
God save our Union, May it forever standW. L. T. (Author)4
何等柔細慈愛,耶穌在呼召 (Héděng róuxì cí'ài, yēsū zài hū zhào)Will L. Thompson (Author)Chinese2
Höre des Heilandes Stimme erschallenWill L. Thompson (Author)German1
Have I done any good in the world todayWilliam L. Thompson (Author)English11
How beautiful the golden ruleW. L. T. (Author)2
I have heard of a home far away above the skiesWilliam L. Thompson (Author)12
I need thy pardon, LordWilliam L. Thompson (Author)5
If God be my Father, 'tis well, 'tis wellWilliam L. Thompson (Author)2
If you want a loving SaviorWill L. Thompson (Author)2
I'm thine, dear Lord, entirely thineWill L. Thompson (Author)2
Innerligt, kärleksfullt Jesus dig kallarWill L. Thompson (Author)Swedish4
基督就是我的世界 (Jīdū jiùshì wǒ de shìjiè)Will L. Thompson (Author)Chinese2
Jesus bids you comeWilliam L. Thompson (Author)32
Jesus is all the world to me, My life, my joy, my allW. L. T. (Author)English284
Jesus 'r allt, ja, allt foer migWill L. Thompson (Author)2
Lead me gently home, FatherWill L. Thompson, 1847-1909 (Author)English157
Leise und liebevoll Jesus noch rufetWill L. Thompson (Author)German1
Leise und liebevoll Jesus uns rufetWilliam L. Thompson (Author)German2
Let everyone who feels the callW. L. T. (Author)6
Listen to the voice of Jesus Speaking within thy heartW. L. T. (Author)7
Look, look to the comforterWill L. Thompson (Author)7
Men are marching on to GodWilliam L. Thompson (Author)2
My heavenly home is bright and fair, I long to be thereWill. L. Thompson (Author)1
Ni Jesusco umdas caniacWill L. Thompson (Author)Tagalog2
Now, friends, 'tis time to say goodnightW. L. T. (Author)5
O nur für Jesum lebenW. L. T. (Author)German2
O tell me more of Jesus, of him I long to knowW. L. T. (Author)6
O to be more like JesusWilliam L. Thompson (Author)34
O sing me a song of the better landW. L. T. (Author)6
O where are the little ones, lovely and fairWill L. Thompson (Author)4
Pa nahe mai la ko Iesu kaheaWill L. Thompson, 1847-1909 (Author)Hawaiian3
Sagte og inderlig Jesus nu kalderWill L. Thompson (Author)Norwegian2
Siayat ni Jesus ñga umawawagWill L. Thompson (Author)Tagalog2
Softly and tenderly Jesus is callingWilliam L. Thompson (Author)English804
Softly and tenderly Jesus is nearWilliam L. Thompson (Author)2
Sometime we'll hear the sound of Gabriel's hornWill L. Thompson (Author)3
The darkest sins that curse this lifeWilliam L. Thompson (Author)2
The fading flowers and Autumn leavesWill L. Thompson (Author)English2
The Lord is here with saving powerWilliam L. Thompson (Author)2
The sweet spring flowers and summer leavesWill L. Thompson (Author)2
The sweetest place on earth to meWill L. Thompson (Author)2
The world has need of Christian menWilliam L. Thompson (Author)English8
There are times when we draw very nearWilliam L. Thompson (Author)2
There'll be music in heaven, we're told, Played on the harps of goldWilliam L. Thompson (Author)5
There's a better day comingWill L. Thompson (Author)2
There's a great day coming, A great day comingW. L. T. (Author)English392
There's someone in heaven thinking of meW. L. T. (Author)5
They say there's a land over the oceanW. L. T. (Author)11
Tierno y amante, Jesús nos invitaWill L. Thompson (Author)Spanish2
'Tis noble to be a ChristianW. L. T. (Author)2
'Tis sweet to know that Jesus loves me, O how sweet!Will L. Thompson (Author)English20
What beautiful lessons of life we're learningWill L. Thompson (Author)2
When I lie on my pillow tonightWilliam L. Thompson (Author)8
Where spend eternity when earth is goneWilliam L. Thompson (Author)6
Wie köstlich, dass mich Jesus liebtW. L. T. (Author)German2

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