1855–1934
Mrs. Frank A. Breck

Jan­u­ary 22, 1855, Wal­den, Ver­mont.

March 27, 1934, Port­land, Or­e­gon.

Rose Ci­ty Cem­e­tery, Port­land, Or­e­gon.

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Breck was a di­rect des­cend­ant of Col­o­nel Tim­o­thy El­lis, who won dis­tinc­tion in the Bat­tle of Ti­con­der­o­ga dur­ing the Amer­i­can re­vo­lu­tion.

Her fam­i­ly moved from Ver­mont to Vine­land, New Jer­sey, and she spent most of her life in south­ern New Jer­sey. She mar­ried Frank A. Breck in 1884, and they moved to Or­e­gon be­tween 1910 and 1920. A de­vout Chris­tian, she was de­vot­ed to her hus­band and five daugh­ters.

She had no sense of pitch, and could not car­ry a tune, but she had the gift of po­et­ic rhy­thm, and wrote ov­er 2,000 poems.

She was not par­tic­u­lar­ly ro­bust in health, and had to take fre­quent rests while do­ing chores. At such times, she would sit in her fav­o­rite rock­ing chair, take up a note­book, and write po­et­ry, of­ten with a ba­by on her knee, or play­ing at her feet. Her works in­clude:

  1. Above the Sweet­est Songs of Earth
  2. All the Boats Are Com­ing Home
  3. All the World for Je­sus
  4. Always Face the Sun­shine
  5. Am I Reap­ing Any Sheaves for the Mas­ter?
  6. Amid Life’s Bu­sy, Hur­ry­ing Throng
  7. Answer on The Way, The
  8. Anywhere He Wants Me
  9. Are You Go­ing Away With­out Je­sus To­night?
  10. Are You Hun­gry for the Sav­ior?
  11. Are You Win­ning Souls?
  12. Arise and Shine!
  13. Arise, Arise, Arise, Be Not Af­raid
  14. Army of Sal­va­tion, Hear the Trum­pet
  15. As Oft as My Eyes See the Dawn of the Day
  16. At Mo­ther’s Grave
  17. Away from the Home That Shel­tered Thy Youth
  18. Be a Life­sav­er of Sin­ners
  19. Be Loy­al to the Mas­ter
  20. Be Strong to Choose the Path­way Good
  21. Behold an Is­ra­el­ite In­deed
  22. Beyond Our Earth-Born Sor­row
  23. Bible Says That God Loved, The
  24. Billows of Jor­dan Are Swell­ing, The
  25. Blessed Are the Words of the Sav­ior
  26. Blessings Ev­ery­where Abound
  27. Bring on Your Men to Meet the Foe
  28. Build Ye on the Rock Foun­da­tion
  29. By the Pow­er of the Cross We Shall Con­quer
  30. By This Sign We Con­quer
  31. Careless, Ye Take What Life Of­fers
  32. Carry God’s Beau­ti­ful Sun­shine
  33. Christ Has Loved Thee Faith­ful­ly
  34. Christ Is Not Will­ing That Any Should Per­ish
  35. Christ Is Vic­tor
  36. Close to the Heart of Je­sus
  37. Columbia’s Song
  38. Come and Join the Hap­py Band
  39. Come, Come to the Sav­ior
  40. Come Sing Again the Song of Love
  41. Come to the Sav­ior, Be­lieve in His Name
  42. Come Ye to the Foun­tain
  43. Coming—We Are Com­ing!
  44. Conquer the World for Je­sus
  45. Consecrated Must I Be, for Christ
  46. Do You Hear the In­vi­ta­tion?
  47. Do You Know a Right­eous Cause
  48. Do You Know That Je­sus Loves You?
  49. Doing Your Best for Je­sus
  50. Earnest Pray­er Will Up­ward Rise
  51. Easter Bells Are Ring­ing ov­er All the World
  52. Every Pray­er Will Find Its An­swer
  53. Everybody May Know
  54. Eyes Have Grown Wist­ful
  55. Face to Face with Christ, My Sav­ior
  56. Far Away from Home and Mo­ther
  57. Far, Far from Thee, Lord
  58. Fierce Let the Wild Storm Sound
  59. Forward!
  60. Gideon, with Three Hun­dred Sol­diers
  61. Go Forth, for the Cap­tain Is Call­ing
  62. Go Forth! ’Tis Je­sus Who Is Call­ing You
  63. Go Glad­den the Lone­ly
  64. Go, ’Tis the Lord’s Com­mand
  65. Go to the Deeps of God’s Pro­mise
  66. God Is Speak­ing, Will You Lis­ten?
  67. God Ne­ver Is Tired of For­giv­ing
  68. God Save the Dear Boys
  69. Has Your Heart Ev­er Been Touched?
  70. Have You a Voice with Which to Sing?
  71. Have You Chos­en the Things of the Lord?
  72. Have You Found the Sav­ior Pre­cious?
  73. Have You Heard the Great Com­mand?
  74. He Did Not Die in Vain
  75. He Know­eth My Frame When I’m Wea­ry
  76. He That Be­liev­eth on the Son of God
  77. Heart of God Abound­ed, The
  78. Heart of the Lord Is Yearn­ing, The
  79. Help Some­bo­dy To­day
  80. Ho Ye, Ev­ery­one That Thirst­eth
  81. Hold Up the Cross
  82. Hosts of Sin in Strong Ar­ray, The
  83. How Can We Help Trust­ing
  84. How Free and Bound­less Are Thy Mer­cies
  85. How Goes the Bat­tle Where the Fight Is Long?
  86. How Great Is the Kin­dness of Je­sus
  87. How Great the Love of God to Me
  88. How Ma­ny in Hea­ven Re­joic­ing­ly Stand
  89. How Much My Dear Sav­ior Has Suf­fered for Me
  90. How Sweet That Bi­ble Sto­ry
  91. However Far I Go from Home
  92. Hundred Dear Sheep in My Ten­der­ness Shared, An
  93. I Am Glad That I Know Je­sus Loves Me So Well
  94. I Am Sail­ing Afar on the Ocean of Life
  95. I Am Saved Through Faith in Je­sus’ Name
  96. I Am So Glad for This
  97. I Am So Glad My Re­deem­er Came
  98. I Am Told That a Sav­ior Doth Love
  99. I Am Trust­ing in Je­sus to Save Me
  100. I Am Weak, O Lord
  101. I Am Work­ing with My Lord
  102. I Belong to Je­sus
  103. I Can­not Get Bey­ond His Love
  104. I Ev­er Must Work for My Sav­ior
  105. I Have a Friend Most True
  106. I Have an An­chor That Holds Me Safe
  107. I Have Found a Great Sal­va­tion
  108. I Have Heard Such a Beau­ti­ful Sto­ry
  109. I Journey Along Mid the Tri­als of Life
  110. I Just Want to Tell You of Je­sus
  111. I Know Je­sus Will Not For­get Me
  112. I Live un­to Je­sus
  113. I Lived in Con­dem­na­tion
  114. I Long to Be More Like My Sav­ior
  115. I Love to Talk with Thee, My Sav­ior
  116. I Need a Lis­ten­ing Time
  117. I Re­belled Against My Sav­ior
  118. I Sometimes Try to Com­pre­hend
  119. I Tell the Old Sto­ry of Je­sus
  120. I Want Ev­ery­bo­dy to Know
  121. I Want to Make Some­bo­dy Hap­py
  122. I Will Cling to the Rock
  123. I Would Be a Ga­ther­er
  124. If Ev­er My Feet Should Grow Wea­ry
  125. If I May but See Him
  126. If Thy Path­way Lies in Gloom
  127. If You Have Obeyed Our Dear Sav­ior
  128. I’ll Count My Bless­ings
  129. I’ll Do What I Can for Je­sus
  130. I’m Glad That I Have a Good Shep­herd
  131. In Gloam or Gleam
  132. In Jesus I May Safe­ly Trust
  133. In the Dark­ness I Wan­dered Alone
  134. In the Day of Sun­light
  135. In the Light of the Cross There Is Peace
  136. In the Path­way of Life
  137. In the War­fare of Life There Are Con­flicts
  138. Is Father’s Eye­sight Grow­ing Dim?
  139. Is There a Ray of God’s Bright­ness
  140. Is There Bless­ing at the Cross?
  141. Is There Some Work Wait­ing?
  142. Is Thy Heart with Sor­row Smit­ten?
  143. Is Your Soul in Touch with Je­sus?
  144. It Is Not Fair
  145. It Will Not Mat­ter if My Way Be Hard
  146. I’ve a Sav­ior So Lov­ing to Sin­ners
  147. Jesus Came to Save My Soul
  148. Jesus Is Our Bless­ed King
  149. Jesus Is Vic­tor
  150. Jesus’ Love Is High­er
  151. Jesus, Our De­fend­er
  152. Jesus Speaks in Times of Sor­row
  153. Jesus Will Car­ry Your Bur­dens
  154. Keep in Step with Je­sus
  155. Keep on Be­liev­ing
  156. Keep on Sing­ing, Sing­ing, Bro­ther
  157. Keep the Light of Je­sus Shin­ing
  158. King of Kings Hath Said, The
  159. Launch Out on the Pro­mise
  160. Let Me Win Some­one to Je­sus This Year
  161. Let Me Work in the Morn­ing
  162. Let Our Songs of Glad­ness Swell
  163. Let Them That Love Him Be Shin­ing
  164. Let Thy Beau­ty, O Lord
  165. Let Us Find Some Load
  166. Letting Je­sus Love Us, We Obey
  167. Life of Love Must Be, The
  168. Lifetime Is Work­ing Time
  169. Like a Wea­ry, Home­less Dove
  170. Live for Him Who Died to Save You
  171. Lord, I Am Thine, an Heir of Sal­va­tion
  172. Lord, I Take These Earth­ly Em­blems
  173. Lord, My Shep­herd, Gent­ly Leads Me On, The
  174. Make Him Known
  175. Make Your Own Sun­shine
  176. Many Walk Where Sha­dows
  177. March On, There Is No Time to Lose
  178. Marriage Sup­per, The
  179. Mother’s Gone, We Say
  180. My Bark Is on a Bil­low­ing Sea
  181. My Blest Re­deem­er Left Hea­ven One Day
  182. My Child­hood Faith Had Been For­got
  183. My Days with Sun­shine Shall Be Fraught
  184. My Lord Doth Give Me As­sur­ance of Hope
  185. My Sav­ior Is with Me, Wher­ev­er I Go
  186. My Sins Were Laid up­on Je­sus Christ
  187. My Sins Were Ma­ny in Thought and Deed
  188. My Soul, Stay Not in Sha­dows
  189. Nailed to the Cross
  190. Never Give Up Trust­ing
  191. No Mat­ter What the Tri­als We May Bear
  192. No Mo­ther’s Hand to Lead Me
  193. Nobody Told Me of Je­sus
  194. Not Hav­ing Seen Him
  195. Not Till Sow­ing Days Are Ov­er
  196. Now We Come from Far and Near
  197. O Bro­ther, Have You Heard the Call?
  198. O Christ Is the Way and the Truth and the Life
  199. O Come to the Foun­tain Deep and Broad
  200. O God of All the Ag­es
  201. O Have You Been Told of a Sav­ior Who Came?
  202. O How Hap­py I Have Been
  203. O How Pre­cious Is the Thought
  204. O I Have a Ten­der Shep­herd
  205. O Patiently Wait, Sow the Seeds of God’s Truth
  206. O Praise the Lord, His Grace Pro­claim
  207. O the Grace of God That Could Save My Soul
  208. O the Sweet­ness of the Sto­ry
  209. O There Is Bless­ed Sun­shine
  210. O Wea­ry Hearts, Ye Shall Be Blessed
  211. O What a Won­der­ful Sav­ior
  212. O What Calm for Loved Ones Sleep­ing
  213. O When Thy Feet Are Bruised
  214. O Why Are You Halt­ing, My Bro­ther?
  215. O Why Have You Wan­dered So Far?
  216. O Why Should I Carry My Bur­dens?
  217. O Why Should Je­sus Die for Me?
  218. O Why Should We Sink?
  219. O’er the Dark, Surg­ing Wa­ters
  220. O’er the Moon­lit Pas­tures
  221. Oh, What Are We Sow­ing?
  222. Oh, How Pre­cious the Time
  223. Oh, Stand for the Right
  224. On the Stead­fast Rock I’m Rest­ing
  225. Once I Heard a Song of Sweet­ness
  226. Only in the Cross I’ll Glo­ry
  227. Only One Way of Sal­va­tion I See
  228. Our Land Is Bound­ed By No Sea
  229. Our Rock Stands Firm
  230. Over Yon­der There Is Rest
  231. Peace That Flow­eth, The
  232. Peace That Par­doned Sinner Knows, The
  233. Praise Our Great Re­deem­er
  234. Praise the Lord of Love and Light
  235. Preach the Bless­ed Gos­pel
  236. Press For­ward, So­ldier of the Lord
  237. Pretty Shin­ing Lit­tle Star
  238. Prince of Peace, So Low­ly Born, The
  239. Rejoice, My Soul, Be Not Cast Down
  240. Savior for You, The
  241. Savior, I Come in the Deep­est Dis­tress
  242. Scatter Seed, Go Forth
  243. Search the Scrip­tures
  244. Seek the Sav­ior, He Is Call­ing
  245. Shadowing Sor­rows to Me May
  246. Shall I Cru­ci­fy My Sav­ior?
  247. Shall I Tell You How?
  248. Should Those Who Once Were Friend­ly
  249. Show Your Col­ors While You Jour­ney
  250. Sing for Joy, O Sons of Glo­ry
  251. Sing Forth Co­lum­bia’s Song
  252. Sing Mer­ri­est Songs
  253. Sinner, What Will Ye That Je­sus Should Do?
  254. Some One Who Knows
  255. Somebody Cares for Sin­ners
  256. Sometime I Shall Know
  257. Sovereign Mer­cy a Sin­ner May Claim
  258. Speak as Thy Sav­ior Would Have Thee
  259. Steadily On­ward, O Turn Not Aside
  260. Step in Any­where
  261. Story of Eas­ter Is a Les­son, The
  262. Sun Is Shin­ing Some­where, The
  263. Take, O Take Your Stand for the Sav­ior
  264. Teach Me, Sav­ior, How to Pray
  265. Tell the Ti­dings Ev­ery­where
  266. Tell Thy Life Sto­ry to Je­sus
  267. Tenderest Shep­herd That Ev­er Was Known, The
  268. There Are Loved Ones ov­er Yon­der
  269. There Is a Light That Shin­eth in Dark­ness
  270. There Is No Friend Like Je­sus
  271. There Is One Who Long Hath Sought You
  272. There Is Res­cue for the Dy­ing
  273. There Is Twi­light in the Val­ley
  274. There Ne­ver Was An­y­one Like Him
  275. There’s a Beau­ti­ful Ci­ty
  276. There’s a Beau­ti­ful Val­ley of Peace
  277. There’s a Bless­ed Old Book
  278. There’s a Day of Glad­ness By and By
  279. There’s a Place I Love to Wan­der
  280. There’s a Ref­uge in Time of All Trou­ble
  281. There’s a Sound of Bat­tle
  282. There’s a Won­der­ful Gos­pel
  283. There’s An­oth­er to Be Saved
  284. There’s Com­fort in the Time
  285. There’s Joy in Tell­ing of the Lord
  286. There’s Light a Lit­tle Far­ther On
  287. There’s No One Like Thee, O My Sav­ior
  288. Tho’ We Have a Time of Sor­row
  289. Thou Art My Rock, O Bless­ed Re­deem­er
  290. Though Far You May Stray
  291. Though Migh­ti­est Bil­lows Should ov­er Me Roll
  292. Thy Light May Be Need­ed
  293. ’Tis a War­fare Bit­ter
  294. ’Tis Bless­ed to Have Je­sus with Me
  295. ’Tis Com­ing, It Dai­ly Comes Near­er
  296. ’Tis Love, ’Tis Love the World So Needs
  297. ’Tis Past All Hu­man Know­ing
  298. ’Tis the Pro­mise of God
  299. To Live a Life That Is Hid
  300. To the Res­cue
  301. Today I Re­joice in a Sav­ior of Love
  302. Today I Re­joice in My Sav­ior
  303. Toilsome Way the Burn­ing Des­ert Sand, The
  304. Touch of Faith Is the Touch of Pow­er, The
  305. Triumph of the Cross Means Sal­va­tion, The
  306. Try to Be Like Je­sus
  307. Turn, O Turn the Light up­on Us
  308. ’Twas a Won­drous Light
  309. ’Twas Love That Brought Life un­to Men
  310. Valley of Peace, The
  311. Was It in Vain?
  312. Way of Sal­va­tion Must Lead By the Cross, The
  313. We Are Faith­ful Sol­diers of the Cross
  314. We Are Hap­py in the Morn­ing
  315. We Are March­ing Neath the Ban­ner of the Cross
  316. We Are March­ing on with Our Flag Un­furled
  317. We Are on the Win­ning Side
  318. We Are Trav­el­ers Walk­ing in the Glo­ry of the Lord
  319. We Come, with Hap­py Hearts
  320. We Will Fol­low Our Guide
  321. We Will Set Up the Ban­ner of Love
  322. We Would Be Liv­ing Bi­bles
  323. We’re a Band of Child­ren
  324. What Should I Do if I Had Not a Sav­ior?
  325. When Blight­ing and Sor­row Shall
  326. When Dark­est Night Sur­rounds You
  327. When Far from My Sav­ior I Wan­dered
  328. When I Am Press­ing Through Wa­ters
  329. When Life’s Cares Are Great
  330. When Love Comes Like Sun­shine
  331. When Love Shines In
  332. When Ma­ry Stood with Weep­ing Eyes
  333. When Sun­shine Had Left Me
  334. When the Call to Serve the Mas­ter
  335. When the Lone­ly Shep­herds Watched
  336. When the Lord on Cal­va­ry Bore My Pain
  337. When the Sha­dows Are o’er Thee
  338. When Tri­al and Doubt Ov­er­take Thee
  339. When Ye Are Met By Tow­er­ing Foes
  340. When Your Feet Come Down to Jor­dan
  341. Whenever I Go the Sav­ior
  342. Where Is the King for Whom We Mourn
  343. Where’er I Go the Sav­ior Will Go with Me
  344. Wherever I Go I Must Al­ways Tell
  345. Wherever There Is Sor­row
  346. Who Will En­list to Serve?
  347. Who Will Help to Save the Lost Ones?
  348. Who Will Man the Life Boat?
  349. Who Will, May Have Life’s Shin­ing Day
  350. Who Will Vol­un­teer for the Ar­my?
  351. Wholly on Je­sus Re­ly­ing, My Soul
  352. Will You Be One in That Beau­ti­ful Land
  353. Will You Come to Christ To­day?
  354. Will You Come to the Dear Lov­ing
  355. Will You Come to the Sav­ior?
  356. Will You Join Our Ranks?
  357. Wonderful An­gels in Gar­ments of White
  358. Wonderful Boon to Man Is Gi­ven, A
  359. Wonderful Gos­pel, A
  360. Working, Watch­ing, Pray­ing
  361. Would You Be a Sol­dier in the Ar­my of the Lord?
  362. Would You Dwell?
  363. Would You Have a Life of Joy?
  364. Would You the Sav­ior Obey?
  365. Ye Child­ren of the Heav’n­ly King
  366. You Are Not Your Own
  367. You Are Stand­ing
  368. You Have a Friend Would Bless Your Soul To­day
  369. You Have Told Me of Christ
  370. You Know of the Won­der­ful Sav­ior
  371. You May Look for True Plea­sure in Ma­ny a Place
  372. You Mean to Be Saved—But When?
  373. You Oft Have Heard the Sweet Sto­ry
  374. You Ought to Do Some­thing for Je­sus