1840–1908
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Au­gust 28, 1840, Ed­in­burg, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Aug­ust 13, 1908, Brook­lyn, New York.

Green-Wood Ce­me­te­ry, Brook­lyn, New York.

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Ira was the son of Da­vid Ira San­key and Ma­ry Lee­per, hus­band of Fran­ces Vic­tor­ia Ed­wards, and fa­ther of Ira A. San­key.

As a young man, he served in the Am­er­i­can ci­vil war. He of­ten helped the un­it chap­lain and led his fel­low sol­diers in hymn sing­ing.

After the war, he joined the In­ter­nal Rev­e­nue Ser­vice, and al­so worked with the Young Men’s Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion (YMCA). He be­came well known as a Gos­pel sing­er, and event­u­al­ly came to the at­ten­tion of ev­an­gel­ist Dwight Ly­man Moo­dy.

The two men met at a YMCA con­ven­tion in In­di­an­a­po­lis, In­di­a­na, in June, 1870. Some months lat­er, San­key at­tend­ed his first ev­an­gel­is­tic meet­ing with Moo­dy, and re­signed from gov­er­nment ser­vice short­ly there­af­ter.

In Oc­tober 1871, San­key and Moo­dy were in the mid­dle of a re­vi­val meet­ing when the Great Chi­ca­go Fire be­gan. The two men bare­ly es­caped the in­fer­no with their lives. San­key end­ed up watch­ing the ci­ty burn from a row­boat on Lake Mi­chi­gan.

Sankey com­posed about 1,200 songs in his life­time. He was blind from glau­co­ma the last five years of his life, and no doubt found a kin­dred spir­it in his blind friend and mu­sic mak­ing part­ner Fan­ny Cros­by.

His works in­clude:

  1. For Me! For Me!
  2. King Is Com­ing, The
  3. O Chris­tian Youth, Arise!
  4. Out of the Sha­dow-Land
  1. Aachen
  2. Able to De­li­ver
  3. Adana
  4. Ahvaz
  5. Algarve
  6. Army of En­dea­vor
  7. Awake and Watch
  8. Azariah
  9. Barbuda
  10. Be Ye Strong in the Lord
  11. Behold the Won­drous Love
  12. Believe and Obey
  13. Bermuda
  14. Blessèd Re­deem­er
  15. Bountiful Har­vest
  16. Bring in the Child­ren
  17. Buenos Air­es
  18. C’est En­core Temps
  19. Cleansing Foun­tain, The
  20. Clephane
  21. Clovis
  22. Come Home, My Child
  23. Come, Oh Come, with Thy Brok­en Heart
  24. Come, Pro­di­gal, Come
  25. Crewdson
  26. Daniel
  27. Dar es Sa­laam
  28. Denpasar
  29. Descend, O Flame
  30. Douglas
  31. Eindhoven
  32. Esrom
  33. Faith Is the Vic­to­ry
  34. Fisherman’s Wharf
  35. Fort Col­lins
  36. Gather in the Sheaves
  37. Grace, ’Tis a Charm­ing Sound
  38. Grand Is the Song
  39. Grasmere
  40. Graz
  41. Great Je­ho­vah, Migh­ty Lord
  42. Habana
  43. Hanoi
  44. Handwriting on the Wall, The
  45. Harbor Bell, The
  46. Have You Sought?
  47. He Is Com­ing
  48. He Who Safe­ly Keep­eth
  49. Hear Us, O Sav­ior!
  50. Help Me
  51. Houston
  52. How Can I Keep from Sing­ing?
  53. I Am Pray­ing for You
  54. I Am Re­deemed
  55. I Know He Is Mine
  56. It Is Fin­ished!
  57. It Pas­seth Know­ledge
  58. Jesse
  59. Jesus, I Will Trust Thee
  60. Kathmandu
  61. Kawasaki
  62. Kilauea
  63. King Is Com­ing, The
  64. Lattimore
  65. Lecce
  66. Let the Bless­èd Sav­ior In
  67. Let Us Walk in the Light
  68. Light Af­ter Dark­ness
  69. Little Steps
  70. Little While, A
  71. Łódź
  72. Lord Is King!, The
  73. Los Pad­res
  74. Lucca
  75. Mace
  76. Malé
  77. Marlborough
  78. Marley
  79. Matagorda
  80. Minas Ger­ais
  81. Mirjana
  82. Model Church, The
  83. Morelos
  84. Mountain
  85. My Ship Is Com­ing In
  86. Never Say Good­bye
  87. Ninety and Nine, The
  88. Not Far from the King­dom
  89. Not Now, My Child
  90. O Bless­èd Be the Lord
  91. O Bro­ther, Life’s Jour­ney Be­gin­ning
  92. O Beau­ti­ful Sea
  93. O Be­lieve Him
  94. O Child of God
  95. O Serve the Lord
  96. O Songs of the Beau­ti­ful
  97. O, What a Sav­ior
  98. O Zion! Love­ly Zi­on!
  99. Oaxaca
  100. O’er Land and Sea
  101. Only Re­mem­bered
  102. Only to Know
  103. Onward, Sol­diers
  104. Onward Will We Go
  105. Onward, Up­ward
  106. Ostrava
  107. Over the Beau­ti­ful Ri­ver
  108. Precious Bless­ings
  109. Precious Words
  110. Resurrection Morn
  111. Samsun
  112. San Mar­cos
  113. San Ma­teo
  114. Sankey
  115. Send the Gos­pel Light
  116. Send Us Show­ers of Bless­ing
  117. Seward
  118. Shadow of the Rock, The
  119. Shelter in the Time of Storm, A
  120. Sheppard
  121. Shine On, O Star!
  122. Shipton
  123. Simeon
  124. Soldier of the Cross, A
  125. Song of Hea­ven and Home­land, A
  126. Sonoma
  127. Stacy
  128. Staffordshire
  129. Steiner
  130. Story Must Be Told, The
  131. Story That Ne­ver Grows Old, The
  132. Substitution
  133. Take Me as I Am
  134. Tarragona
  135. Tell It Out
  136. There Are Lone­ly Hearts to Cher­ish
  137. There Is a Par­a­dise of Rest
  138. There’ll Be No Dark Val­ley
  139. They That Be Wise
  140. This Is Our En­dea­vor
  141. Through the Val­ley and the Sha­dow
  142. Thy Hand Up­hold­eth Me
  143. Tirana
  144. To Arms! To Arms! Ye Sol­diers!
  145. To Be There
  146. Topeka
  147. Trim Thy Lamp
  148. Trust
  149. Trusting Je­sus
  150. Under His Wings
  151. Valdez
  152. Vallejo
  153. Victoria Falls
  154. Victory Is Won
  155. Waiting for Thy Com­ing
  156. We Will Fol­low Thee
  157. Welcome! Wan­der­er, Wel­come!
  158. What a Ga­ther­ing
  159. When My Wea­ry Hands Are Fold­ed
  160. When the King Shall Come!
  161. When the Mists Have Rolled Away
  162. Where the Sav­ior Leads
  163. Whoever Will, Who­ev­er Will
  164. Whosoever Shall Call
  165. Wonderful Word
  166. Yet There Is Room
illustration
Great Chicago Fire, 1871