August 19, 1856, South Hill, New York.

December 21, 1938, Williams­port, Pennsylvania.

Wildwood Cemetery, Williams­port, Pennsylvania.


James was the husband of Lu­cy Love Le­van.

He started his musical career with John How­ard of New York and Dan­i­el Town­er of the Moo­dy Bi­ble Institute.

He moved to Will­iams­port, Penn­syl­van­ia, around 1881. He was an active member of the Pine Street Meth­od­ist Epis­co­pal Church from 1904 until his death, serving as a song leader and Sunday school teacher.

Black also found time to edit a dozen Gos­pel song books, write almost 1,500 songs, and serve on the commission for the 1905 Meth­od­ist hymnal.

His works include:

  1. Be Ready When the Bridegroom Comes
  2. Come, Oh, Come to Me
  3. Day of All Days, The
  4. In the Shadow of His Wings
  5. Never Say Goodbye
  6. Revive the Hearts of All
  7. When the Roll Is Called Up Yonder
  8. We Shall Reign with Him in Glory
  9. Where Jesus Died for Me
  1. All the Day
  2. Answering Time Will Come, The
  3. Beautiful Eden Bells
  4. Beautiful Way, The
  5. Easter Bells
  6. He Will Not Leave Me Alone
  7. His Love Will Never Let Me Fall
  8. Home in My Heart for Jesus, A
  9. I Remember Calvary
  10. Jesus Died for Me
  11. Let the Dear Savior Come In
  12. Look to the Lamb of God
  13. My Heart Is Clinging
  14. Precious Jesus
  15. Resting in God’s Peace
  16. Shepherd Calls, The
  17. Sunshine of Love
  18. Sweet Voices
  19. When I Stand in Yonder City
  20. When the Saints Are Marching In
  21. Where Jesus Is, ’Tis Heaven

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