November 22, 1840, Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts.

March 4, 1901, Northfield, Massachusetts.

Center Cemetery, Northfield, Massachusetts.


Whittle was named after American politician Daniel Webster. Whittle reached the rank of major in the American civil war, and for the rest of his life was known as Major Whittle. During the war, Whittle lost his right arm, and ended up in a prisoner of war camp. Recovering from his wounds in the hospital, he looked for something to read, and found a New Testament. Though its words resonated with him, he was still not ready to accept Christ. Shortly after, a hospital orderly woke him and said a dying prisoner wanted someone to pray with him. Whittle demurred, but the orderly said, But I thought you were a Christian; I have seen you reading your Bible. Whittle then agreed to go. He recorded what took place at the dying youth’s bed side:

I dropped on my knees and held the boy’s hand in mine. In a few broken words I confessed my sins and asked Christ to forgive me. I believed right there that He did forgive me. I then prayed earnestly for the boy. He became quiet and pressed my hand as I prayed and pleaded God’s promises. When I arose from my knees, he was dead. A look of peace had come over his troubled face, and I cannot but believe that God who used him to bring me to the Savior, used me to lead him to trust Christ’s precious blood and find pardon. I hope to meet him in heaven.

After the war, Whittle became treasurer of the Elgin Watch Company in Chicago, Illinois. In less than 10 years, though, he entered the evangelism field. During this period, he worked with musicians Phillip Bliss and James McGranahan. His daughter May Moody also wrote music for some of his lyrics.

Of his decision to devote his life to the Gospel, Whittle said that, while at work, he:

…went into the vault and in the dead silence of the quietest of places I gave my life to my Heavenly Father to use as He would.

Whittle’s works include:

  1. Abundant Pardon, God Hath Said
  2. All’s Clear Up Aloft
  3. As Lives the Flower Within the Seed
  4. As Softly Through the Silent Hours
  5. Awake, Awake, O Christian
  6. Banner of the Cross, The
  7. Be Careful What You Sow
  8. Be Near Me, O My Savior
  9. Be Not Deceived; God Is Not Mocked
  10. Be Still, My Heart, Thy Savior Knows Full Well
  11. Be Ye Strong in the Lord
  12. Behold How Plain the Truth Is Made
  13. Beloved, Now Are We
  14. Beyond Our Sight a City Four Square Lieth
  15. Blessèd Hope
  16. Blessed Savior, Ever Nearer I Am Drawing
  17. Brother, Art Thou Worn and Weary?
  18. Brothers, by the Spirit Banded
  19. Burdened Souls No Longer
  20. By Grace Are Ye Saved
  21. Call of God Is Sounding Clear, The
  22. Call of the Roll on High, The
  23. Called Out of Darkness
  24. Carried by the Angels
  25. Christ Hath Redeemed Us, Sing the Glad Word
  26. Christ Liveth in Me
  27. Christian, So Weary and Faint on the Road
  28. Church of God Is Come, The
  29. Church of God Is One, The
  30. Come Believing!
  31. Come Now, Saith the Lord
  32. Come on the Wings of the Morning
  33. Come Weary One, Lift Up Your Face
  34. Comfort, My People, the Lord Hath Said
  35. Complete in Him, O Precious Word
  36. Cross of Christ, by Which Salvation
  37. Crowning Day, The
  38. Doers of the Word
  39. Drawing Near with Full Assurance
  40. Fix Your Eyes upon Jesus
  41. Glory to God the Father
  42. God Bless You, from the Heart We Sing
  43. God Is Now Willing, in Christ Reconciled
  44. Have Faith in God, What Can There Be
  45. Have You Any Room for Jesus?
  46. He Is Not Here, but Is Risen!
  47. He Stands, the King of Glory
  48. Heavenly Race, The
  49. Hope of the Coming of the Lord, The
  50. How Do I Know My Sin’s Forgiven?
  51. How Sweet the Joy That Fills My Soul
  52. I Believed in God’s Wonderful Mercy and Grace
  53. I Know Whom I Have Believed
  54. I Have a Faith in Christ My Lord
  55. I Have Need of Salvation from Sin
  56. I Have Nothing to Do with Tomorrow
  57. I Looked to Jesus in My Sin
  58. I Shall Be Satisfied
  59. I Thirst, I Thirst, the Savior Said
  60. I Will Pass Over You
  61. I Will Praise the Lord My Glory
  62. I’ll Stand by Until the Morning
  63. I’ve Found the Life of Truest Joy
  64. Jesus Is Coming
  65. Jesus of Nazareth
  66. Let Earth with Hallelujahs Ring
  67. Let the Message Go Forth
  68. Let Us Sing of the Love of the Lord
  69. Life Once Was a Mystery Awful to Me
  70. Little While, A
  71. Living God, Who by His Might, The
  72. Look unto Me, and Be Ye Saved
  73. Lord, Teach Us How to Pray
  74. Master Is Come and Is Calling for Thee, The
  75. Moment by Moment
  76. More and More the Weight of Glory
  77. Much of My Life, Lord, Seems to Me
  78. Neither Do I Condemn Thee
  79. Night Is Heavy, Long and Dreary, The
  80. No More the Curse, O Christ
  81. Not My Own
  82. O Joyful Life, to Live for God
  83. O Precious Heavenly Knowledge
  84. O Sweet and Blessed Secret
  85. O Tender Beseechings of Jesus
  86. O What Is Whiter Than the Snow?
  87. Oft Within a Little Cottage
  88. Oh, Revive Us by Thy Word
  89. Once More, My Soul, Thy Savior Through the Word
  90. Once More We Come, God’s Word to Hear
  91. One as Much as Another
  92. Our Hearts Are Filled with Joy Today
  93. Over Fields That Are White for the Harvest
  94. Paradise
  95. Praise, O Praise Jehovah, Earth and Sea
  96. Preach the Gospel
  97. Redeemed by Christ Who Died for Me
  98. Redeemed
  99. Redemption Ground
  100. Ring Out the Word from Christ the Lord
  101. Sadly from the Field of Conflict
  102. Saved to Serve
  103. Sin No More, Thy Soul Is Free
  104. Spirit So Holy, Spirit of Love
  105. Stand Still, and Trust His Might
  106. Storm Is High, but at the Helm, The
  107. Stretch Forth Thy Hand, Thy Palsied Hand
  108. There Is Never a Soul So Sinful
  109. There Shall Be Showers of Blessing
  110. There’s a Beautiful World Above
  111. There’s a Glorious Kingdom Waiting in the Land
  112. There’s a Land Where God His Love Delights to Show
  113. They Tell Me the Story of Jesus Is Old
  114. To Him Who for Our Sins Was Slain
  115. Thou Remainest
  116. True Light Is Shining, The
  117. Two Gates, Two Ways, Two Paths for All
  118. We Are Going Home
  119. We’re Soldiers of the King
  120. When My Heart with Sin Was Burdened
  121. Who Came Down from Heaven to Earth
  122. Why Not Now?
  123. Word of God Is Given, The
  124. Would We Be Joyful in the Lord?
  125. Ye Shall Know, O Word of Blessing