Traditional Christian Music from Ira D Sankey

Lyrics & Sheet Music

A Collection of Hymns, Gospel, Sacred & Inspirational, and Praise & Worship Songs taken from the book
"Sacred Songs & Solos, New Hymns & Solos and The Christian Choir"
compiled by Ira D Sankey. Plus Other Christian Items.

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I was hoping make the whole collection of more than 1100 pieces from Sankey's book available on-line.
Unfortunately, due to technical problems with OCRing, I have had to abandon this project for a time, but I have instead provided another hymn collection - Church Hymns & Tunes 600+ traditional pieces with sheet music, also checkout the items below which also contain a few of Ira Sankey's works.

We have since added a separate Ira Sankey collection, also there are quite a few Ira Sankey hymns included in some of our other Christain collections. We also have a complete Sacred Songs & Solos words version HERE, also see links at end of page.

Contents List (uncompleted) Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

About Ira D Sankey

Ira D Sankey - Young Ira D. Sankey (1840-1908) was an American Gospel singer and composer associated with evangelist Dwight L. Moody. Ira David Sankey, son of David Sankey, known as the father of Lawrence County, and Mary Leeper Sankey, was born August 28, 1840, in Edinburgh, Pennsylvania. At age 16 he was converted at a revival meeting at the King's Chapel Church, about three miles from his home. As a young man, Sankey served in the Civil War as a soldier for the Union. After the war, he joined the IRS, and also worked with the YMCA. He became well known as a Gospel singer, and eventually came to the attention of evangelist Dwight L. 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 broke out. The two men barely escaped the conflagration with their lives. Sankey ended up watching the city burn from a rowboat far out on Lake Michigan. Sankey composed about 1,200 songs in his lifetime. From 1895 to 1908, he was president of the Biglow and Main publishing company. He was blind from glaucoma the last five years of his life, and no doubt found a kindred spirit in his friend and music making partner, blind hymnist Fanny Crosby. Sankey married Fanny V. Edwards, one of his choir members, in September, 1863. They had three sons. Ira D. Sankey died Aug.13, 1908 in Brooklyn. In 1979-80, the Gospel Music Association recognized Sankey's prodigious contributions to gospel music by listing him in the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

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There are also many other Christian pieces on this site which are included with other collections, e.g. the Children's Songs section contains quite a few.