Gates, Ellen, née Huntingdon, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, is the author of several popular pieces in the American Mission and Sunday School hymn-books. Of these the following have passed from the American books into Sankey's Sacred Songs and Solos:—
1. Come home, come home, you are weary at heart. Invitation.
2. I am now a child of God. Saved through Jesus.
3. I will sing you a song of that beautiful land. Concerning Heaven.
4. O the clanging bells of time. Yearning for Heaven.
5. Say, is your lamp burning, my brother. Watching and Waiting.
Concerning her poem which is used as a hymn in America, "If you cannot on the ocean" (Duty), Duffield says her account of its origin is as follows:—"The lines were written upo… Go to person page >
Display Title: Is Your Lamp Burning?First Line: Say, is your lamp burning, my brother?Tune Title: [Say, is your lamp burning, my brother?]Author: Ellen Marie Huntington GatesSource: Gospel Hymns No. 4, by Ira D. Sankey et al. (New York: Biglow & Main, 1881), alt.