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