1831–1902
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May 23, 1831, Stock­bridge, Ver­mont.

Jan­u­a­ry 13, 1902, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Tafts­ville Bur­y­ing Grounds, Tafts­ville, Ver­mont.

William was the son of Or­son Per­kins and Han­nah Rust, and bro­ther of Hen­ry Per­kins.

He at­tend­ed the Kim­ball Un­ion Acad­e­my in Mer­i­den, New Hamp­shire, then stu­died music in Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts; Lon­don; and Mi­lan, It­a­ly.

Settling in Bos­ton, he found­ed a mu­sic acad­e­my and pub­lished a num­ber of hym­nals. He lived in Bos­ton 1857–84, then moved to New York Ci­ty. Ham­il­ton Col­lege award­ed him an hon­or­a­ry doc­tor­ate of mu­sic de­gree in 1879.

His works in­clude:

  1. Come, Bro­thers, On­ward, Come
  2. Come to Je­sus, Blest Re­deem­er
  3. Great God, as Fol­low­ers of Thy Son
  4. It Was No Path of Flow­ers
  5. Praise the Lord, Ye Hea­vens Adore Him
  6. Praise to God, Im­mor­tal Praise
  7. Suffer Lit­tle Child­ren to Come un­to Me
  8. There’s a Rest in the Home of the An­gels
  1. Amara
  2. Beyond the Sun­set
  3. Did You Think to Pray?
  4. Here We Are but Stray­ing Pil­grims
  5. Guernsey
  6. Only Thee
  7. Starry Crown, The
  8. When We Get Home

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