Oc­to­ber 15, 1784, Wash­ing­ton, Con­nec­ti­cut.

May 15, 1872, New York Ci­ty.

Green-Wood Ce­me­te­ry, Brook­lyn, New York.


Thomas was the son of Seth Hast­ings and Eu­nice Par­me­lee, and hus­band of Ma­ry Sey­mour.

He grew up a farm boy, walk­ing six miles to school in the win­ter. He be­gan his ca­reer as a music teach­er. In 1823, he be­came ed­it­or of the West­ern Re­cord­er in Uti­ca, New York.

From 1832 un­til his death, Hast­ings trained choirs and de­vel­oped re­li­gious mu­sic, pen­ning al­most 1,000 hymn tunes and 600 texts.

His son, Tho­mas Sam­u­el Hast­ings (1827–1911), who be­came pre­si­dent of Un­ion The­o­lo­gic­al Se­mi­na­ry in New York Ci­ty, said of him:

He was a de­vout and ear­nest Chris­tian, a hard stu­dent, and re­so­lute work­er, not lay­ing aside his pen un­til three days be­fore his death.

Hastings’ works in­clude:

  1. Be Tran­quil, O My Soul
  2. Before Thy Foot­stool Kneel­ing
  3. Bleeding Hearts De­filed by Sin
  4. Bright An­gels on the Wing
  5. Child of Sin and Sor­row
  6. Child of Sor­row, Child of Care
  7. Children, Hear the Melt­ing Story
  8. Delay Not, O Sin­ner, Draw Near
  9. Drooping Souls, No Long­er Mourn
  10. Dying Souls, Fast Bound in Sin
  11. Father, We for Our Child­ren Plead
  12. For Those in Bonds as Bound with Them
  13. Forbid Them Not, the Sav­ior Cried
  14. Forget Thy­self, Christ Bids Thee Come
  15. Forgive My Fol­ly, O Lord Most Ho­ly
  16. Forgive Us, Lord, to Thee We Cry
  17. Gently, Lord, O Gent­ly Lead Us
  18. Go Forth on Wings of Fer­vent Pray­er
  19. Go, Tune Thy Voice to Sac­red Song
  20. God of Me­rcy, Hear Our Pray­er
  21. God of the Morn­ing Ray
  22. God of the Na­tions, Bow Thine Ear
  23. Hail to the Bright­ness of Zi­on’s Glad Morn­ing!
  24. He That Go­eth Forth with Weep­ing
  25. Heirs of an Im­mor­tal Crown
  26. How Calm and Beau­ti­ful the Morn
  27. Hosanna to the King
  28. How Ten­der Is Thy Hand
  29. I Look to Thee, O Lord, Alone
  30. I Love the Lord, Whose Gra­cious Ear
  31. In This Calm, Im­pres­sive Hour
  32. In Time of Fear, When Trou­ble’s Near
  33. Jesus, Full of Ev­ery Grace
  34. Jesus, Mer­ci­ful and Mild
  35. Jesus, Save My Dy­ing Soul
  36. Jesus, While Our Hearts Are Bleed­ing
  37. Lord, I Would Come to Thee
  38. Lord Je­ho­vah Lives, The
  39. Lord of the Har­vest, Bend Thine Ear
  40. Majestic Sweet­ness Sits En­throned
  41. Now Be the Gos­pel Ba­nner
  42. Now from La­bor and from Care
  43. O God of Ab­ra­ham, Hear
  44. O Lord, Be­hold Us at Thy Feet
  45. O Savior, Lend a Lis­ten­ing Ear
  46. O Tell Me, Thou Life and De­light of My Soul
  47. O Why Should Gloomy Thoughts Arise?
  48. Peace, Peace, I Leave with You
  49. Peace to Thee, O Fa­vored One
  50. Pilgrims in This Vale of Sor­row
  51. Return, O Wan­der­er, to Thy Home
  52. Rosy Light Is Dawn­ing, The
  53. Savior Bids Us Watch and Pray, The
  54. Savior, Hear Us Through Thy Mer­it
  55. Savior, I Look to Thee
  56. Savior of Our Ru­ined Race
  57. Savior, Thy Gent­le Voice
  58. Soft and Ho­ly Is the Place
  59. That Warn­ing Voice, O Sin­ner, Hear
  60. They Have Gone to the Land
  61. Thou God of Sov­er­eign Grace
  62. Today the Sav­ior Calls
  63. Wherever Two or Three May Meet
  64. Why That Look of Sad­ness
  65. Why That Soul’s Com­mo­tion?
  66. Within These Qui­et Walls, O Lord
  67. Zion, Drea­ry and in An­guish
  1. Ainsworth
  2. Ava
  3. Bremen
  4. Broughton
  5. Byefield
  6. Cayuga (har­mo­niz­er)
  7. Fox
  8. Franconia
  9. Haven
  10. Illinois
  11. Invitation
  12. Kandy
  13. Luther
  14. Monson
  15. Montauk
  16. New Ha­ven
  17. Oberlin (ar­rang­er)
  18. Ortonville
  19. Retreat
  20. Robinson
  21. Romberg
  22. Toplady
  23. Zion