1816–1895
portrait

May 15, 1816, Suf­field, Con­nec­ti­cut.

No­vem­ber 23, 1895, New Ha­ven, Con­nec­ti­cut.

Grove Street Ce­me­te­ry, New Ha­ven, Con­nec­ti­cut.

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Sylvanus was the son of Is­ra­el and Mer­cy Phelps, hus­band of So­phia Em­e­lia Lins­ley, and fa­ther of Ar­thur Phelps.

He at­tend­ed the Con­nec­ti­cut Li­ter­a­ry In­sti­tute; Brown Un­i­ver­si­ty, Pro­vi­dence, Rhode Is­land (gra­du­at­ed 1844); and Yale Di­vin­i­ty School, New Ha­ven, Con­nec­ti­cut.

After or­di­na­tion, he pas­tored at the First Bap­tist Church in New Ha­ven (1854–82), and the Jef­ferson Street Bap­tist Church, Pro­vi­dence, Rhode Is­land (1876)

Later, he be­came ed­it­or of The Chris­tian Sec­re­ta­ry. His son was preach­er, au­thor and pro­fes­sor Wil­liam Ly­ons Phelps.

Sylvanus’ works in­clude:

  1. As Je­sus Prayed up­on the Height
  2. Christ Who Came My Soul to Save
  3. Come, Day of Gos­pel Glo­ry
  4. Come, Friends, and Let Our Hearts Awake
  5. Cross of Cal­va­ry
  6. Did Je­sus Weep for Me?
  7. Father! From Thy Throne Above
  8. Father, Thy Bound­less Love
  9. Gethsemane
  10. God Is for Me, O How Glo­ri­ous
  11. Holy Spir­it from Above
  12. How Sweet the Scene
  13. Jesus, I Would Abide
  14. Jesus Loves Me
  15. Let the Mas­ter In
  16. Make Me Like the Palm
  17. Not Far from the King­dom
  18. O Je­sus, Keep Me Near Thy Side
  19. O Lord, in Whom Are All My Springs
  20. Only Be­lieve
  21. Savior, Thy Dy­ing Love
  22. See at Last the Signs Por­tend­ing
  23. Sons of Day! Arise from Slum­bers
  24. Sweet Is the House of Pray­er
  25. Sweet Sun­day School
  26. This Rite Our Blest Re­deem­er Gave
  27. Walking in the Light
  28. What Shall I Do with Je­sus?
  29. While on Life’s Stormy Sea

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