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O, let us exalt our dear Lord and proclaim,
In songs of true gratitude, praise to His name!
As songs of the angels in sweetest accord,
Our thanks and our praises shall rise to the Lord.
-- Zion's Harp # 165

Author Bio Information

Ogden, William Augustine's bio information

Sunday, October 10, 1841 - Thursday, October 14, 1897

Born: October 10, 1841, Franklin County, Ohio.

Died: October 14, 1897, Toledo, Ohio.

When Ogden was six years old, his family moved to Indiana. He began studying music in local singing schools at age 8, and could read church music fairly well by age 10. A little later, he could write a melody by hearing it sung or played. When he was 18, he became a chorister in his home church.

At the outbreak of the American civil war, Ogden enlisted in the 30th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. During the war he organized a male choir, which became well known throughout the Army of the Cumberland.

After the war, Ogden returned home and resumed his musical studies. Among his teachers were Lowell Mason, Thomas Hastings, E. E. Baily, and B. F. Baker, president of the Boston Music School. As his skills developed, Ogden issued his first song book, The Silver Song, in 1870; it became immensely popular, selling 500,000 copies. He went on to publish numerous other song books.

In addition to composing, Ogden taught at many schools in the United States and Canada. In 1887, he became superintendent of music in the public schools of Toledo, Ohio.


* Hall, pp. 235-7
* Hustad, p. 296


1. Baptize Us Anew
2. Everlasting Life
3. He Is Able to Deliver Thee
4. I’ve a Message from the Lord
5. On a Christmas Morning
6. Ring Out the Bells for Christmas
7. Scattering Precious Seed
8. Seeking the Lost
9. Where He Leads I’ll Follow


1. All Things Are Ready
2. Bring Them In
3. More Than Conquerors
4. Star in the East
5. There Is Joy


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