November 28, 1868, Newry, Ireland.

January 1, 1946, Johnson City, New York.

Floral Park Cemetery, Johnson City, New York.


Clements’ family emigrated to America in 1870, settling in Liberty, New York. He came to Christ in 1886 at services held by Dwight L. Moody at the First Baptist Church on Chenango Street, Binghamton, New York. Moody’s song leader, Daniel Towner, wrote the music for Clements’ first hymn, Man the Life-Boat. Clements went on to write more than 5,000 hymns, and became the first president of the Practical Bible Training School (now Davis College) in Lestershire (now Johnson City), New York, a position he held 17 years. His works include:

  1. Afar from God Thy Feet Have Strayed
  2. After the Strain of Battle
  3. Angels Are Waiting to Note What You Do
  4. Anywhere the Spirit Leads Me
  5. Are You Doing Your Duty the Best You Can?
  6. Are You Serving Jesus with Your Might?
  7. Are You with Some Sorrow Burdened?
  8. As the Serpent Was by Moses Lifted
  9. As the Sun Went Down
  10. Away with Our Fears, the Glad Morning Appears
  11. Be a Voice to Speak
  12. Be Not Afraid, Only Believe
  13. Bear the Tidings to My Mother
  14. Behold the Savior of Mankind
  15. Bells of Heaven Are Ringing Sweet, The
  16. Beyond Life’s Sea, Life’s Shoreless Sea
  17. Blades of Grass That Upward Start, The
  18. Blessed Message of Peace, That Is Ringing Today
  19. Bread That Bringeth Strength I Want to Give, The
  20. Burdens Heavy, The
  21. But for a Moment This Weight of Affliction
  22. Buy Up the Opportunity, O Christian
  23. By Faith I So Often See Mansions of Glory
  24. By Meadows Fair, Through Many a Glade
  25. Child of Mine, Give Me Thine Heart
  26. Child of Mine, I Will Be with Thee
  27. Chosen Hosts from Egypt Went, The
  28. Christ and Him Crucified
  29. Christ Is Come, the Lost Ones Seeking
  30. Close by Your Side Stands an Unseen Friend
  31. Come In, O Lord, Drive Out the Gloom
  32. Day Is Done, Its Tasks Are O’er, The
  33. Dear Lord at Our Hands
  34. Don’t You Hear the Savior Calling?
  35. Down from His Home of Light
  36. Down from Yon Cross Flows a River of Blood
  37. Draw Me Nearer, Blessed Savior
  38. Faith Has Opened Wide the Portals
  39. Fight the Fight of Faith
  40. For Christ and for the Church of Christ
  41. For Christ and the Church We Stand
  42. For God So Loved a Ruined Race
  43. For Mother’s Sake, My Boy, Say No
  44. Forward, Valiant Christians
  45. Free from Self, Lord, I Would Be
  46. Fullness of Power
  47. Future Is Calling for Service Sincere, The
  48. Gather We Here to Praise the Lord
  49. Gently Falls the Even Veil
  50. Give Me the Wings of Faith to Rise
  51. Glad Children’s Day Has Come Again
  52. God Give Us Homes!
  53. God of Life and God of Light
  54. God’s Word, as a Lamp to the Feet, Shines Bright
  55. Goodbye, We Say with Swelling Heart
  56. Grief and Pain Our Portion Here
  57. Hark to the Song of Sweet Voices on High
  58. He Giveth His Beloved Sleep
  59. Head of Thy Church Triumphant
  60. Ho, Everyone That Thirsts, Draw Nigh
  61. Home of Endless Years, The
  62. How Good God Is
  63. How Sweet the Thought That When We Part
  64. How Sweet to Tell the Story
  65. How Vain Are All Things Here Below
  66. I Am Happy in the Love
  67. I Am Living on the Mountain Heights
  68. I Am So Glad in the Bible to See
  69. I Can Hear the Knocking Savior
  70. I Have a Cheering Song to Sing
  71. I Have a Loving Savior
  72. I Have a Pilot to Guide My Bark Safely
  73. I Have Found for My Feet
  74. I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say, Come unto Me and Rest
  75. I Joy and Rejoice That Tomorrow
  76. I Know a Name of Priceless Worth
  77. I Learned It in the Long Ago
  78. I Long to Behold Him Arrayed, with Glory
  79. I Love the Road That Leads to Light
  80. I Love to Steal Awhile Away
  81. I Met a Stranger Fair to See
  82. I Often in Dreaming
  83. I Put My Hand in the Master’s Hand
  84. I Will Praise and Adore the Redeemer Divine
  85. If Thou Shalt Confess
  86. I’ll Go Anywhere, My Savior
  87. I’m a Hallelujah Christian
  88. I’m Happy in the Love of Christ
  89. I’m Happy, So Happy in Jesus Today
  90. I’m Trusting in Jesus, No Harm Can Befall
  91. In All My Lord’s Appointed Ways
  92. In Joseph’s Tomb Lies Bound No More
  93. In That Day
  94. In the Darkened Shade of the Garden Trees
  95. In the Heaven of Blessing
  96. In the Name of the Savior, Gather in the Boys
  97. Is It Nothing to You That Heaven’s King
  98. Is the Day’s Load Heavy?
  99. I’ve Had a Glimpse of Jesus
  100. Jesu, Lover of My Soul
  101. Jesus Is Passing Along Today
  102. Jesus Is Waiting to Give You Today
  103. Jesus Leads
  104. Jesus of Nazareth, Healer of Men
  105. Jesus Only, Would I Know
  106. Jesus, the Name High Over All
  107. Jesus Is Coming as Yonder He Went
  108. Junior, Happy Juniors Singing All the Day
  109. Just a Little Sunshine Song
  110. Just to Be Loving, Just to Be Strong
  111. Knock of the Nail-Piercèd Hand, The
  112. Lame Man Sat at the Beautiful Gate, A
  113. Life’s Pathway Grows Brighter as Onward I Go
  114. Like a Breath from the Hills
  115. List, to the Christ in Sweet Tones of Love
  116. Little Bird in Yonder Tree
  117. Lofty Pine That for Years Had, A
  118. Lord Hath Done Great Things for Me, The
  119. Lord, Help Me Encourage
  120. Lord, Is It I?
  121. Lord Is My Banner, to Battle I Go, The
  122. Lord, It Belongs Not to My Care
  123. Lord of Light Shall Give His Peace, The
  124. Lord, Send Us Forth
  125. Man the Life-Boat
  126. Many Souls Are Sinking in the Wreck Today
  127. May Thy Grace, Dear God, Be with Us
  128. Memory Paints a Picture Very Dear to Me
  129. Message Rings Adown, The
  130. ’Mid All the Stalwart Sons of Men
  131. Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone?
  132. My Desire
  133. My Heart Breaks Forth
  134. My Heart’s in the Homeland
  135. My Song I Raise of Thee
  136. Near to the Savior Be Our Song
  137. Nearing the Gate with the Sun in the West
  138. No Night There
  139. No One Can Tell What Pleasures I See
  140. Not the Might of Long Drilled Warriors
  141. O I’m Glad I’ve Been Redeemed
  142. O the Dearest Name of All Is Jesus
  143. On the Still Ear of the Night
  144. On the Topmost Bough of a Graceful Tree
  145. On Yonder Hill of Calvary
  146. Onward, Ye Faithful Soldiers
  147. Out in the Darkness in Search of a Soul
  148. Out in the Market Place Idle Ones
  149. Out of the Ivory Palace He Came
  150. Over and Over a Message I Hear
  151. Paul, a Prisoner of Jesus
  152. Peasant of Nazareth Walked One Day, The
  153. Poor Soul, for Whom Christ Suffered
  154. Precious Souls Are Sinking in the Sea of Sin
  155. Present and Perfect Salvation Is Offered, A
  156. Rally to Our Standard in This Fight Today
  157. Read It Over Again to Me, the Promise
  158. Remember Christ by Galilee
  159. Repent, the Voice Celestial Cries
  160. Return, O Wanderer, Return
  161. Ring Bells of Heaven Sweet and Clear
  162. Royal Banner of the Cross, The
  163. Sailing Life’s Ocean Mid Breakers and Foam
  164. Savior’s Blood for Sin Was Spilt, The
  165. See Yon Soul That’s Sinking
  166. Service Is Our Watchword
  167. Since I Gave to Jesus His Rightful Place
  168. Sing a Cheerful Marching Song
  169. Somebody Did a Golden Deed
  170. Somebody Made a Loving Gift
  171. Somebody Needs Just the Song I Can Sing
  172. Someone Is Slighting the Savior of Men
  173. Song, a Song of Cheer, A
  174. Soul That Trusteth in Jehovah
  175. Souls All Around You Are Dying in Sin
  176. Speed Away: Speed Away: to the Strongholds of Sin
  177. Speed You, Christian Workers
  178. Tell Out the Glad Tidings
  179. Thank the Lord for Harvest Bounty
  180. That Beautiful Name
  181. There Are Bees in the Clover
  182. There Is a Path Where Pilgrims Fare
  183. There Is Need for Daniel Men
  184. There Is No Better Cure
  185. There Is One Mighty to Save You Today
  186. There Sat by the Beautiful Temple Gate
  187. There Will Be Rest for My Weary Heart
  188. There’ll Be No Shadows in Glory Land
  189. There’s a Brook in the Evergreen Pastures of God
  190. There’s a Place in the Mansions
  191. There’s a Song in Heaven They Sing
  192. There’s a Time to Labor
  193. There’s a Voice in Sin’s Wilderness
  194. There’s No Time to Work for Jesus
  195. These Bodies of Ours Are the Temples
  196. Though as Pilgrims Here We Tarry
  197. Though Clouds Like Night Hang Over
  198. ’Tis Children’s Day, All Hearts
  199. Trusting for Strength in Christ Jesus the Lord
  200. Vain Man, Thy Fond Pursuits Forbear
  201. Voice Is Sweetly Singing Its Message, A
  202. We Are Going Forth to the World’s Great Field
  203. We Bow Our Heads Before Thee, Lord
  204. We Must Face the Foe Today
  205. We Salute Thee, O God of the Sunrise
  206. We’ll Raise Today Sweet Songs of Joy
  207. We’ll Sing the News of Jesus’ Birth
  208. We’re Banded Now Together in Christian Endeavor
  209. What Are Those Wounds in Thine Hands I See?
  210. What Is That in Thine Hand?
  211. When I Cross the Mystic
  212. When I Hear the Trumpet Sounding
  213. When I Pass Through the Portals
  214. When My Feet Have Been Torn
  215. When the Day-dawn Bringeth a Trouble Sore
  216. When the Evening Shadows Kiss the West
  217. When You Spoke to the Sinner
  218. Where Do You Stand Tonight?
  219. Who Died for Me on Calvary’s Tree?
  220. Whom Jesus’ Blood Doth Sanctify
  221. Why Need a Doubt O’ercloud
  222. With His Own Hand God Wipes Our Tears
  223. Would You Leave the Way of Sin?
  224. Would You Rescue the Wrecked?
  225. Ye Neighbors and Friends of Jesus, Draw Near