Mrs. Frank A. Breck

January 22, 1855, Walden, Vermont.

March 27, 1934, Portland, Oregon.

Rose City Cemetery, Portland, Oregon.


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