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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

Composer Bio Information

Main, Hubert Platt's bio information

Saturday, August 17, 1839 - Wednesday, October 7, 1925

Born: August 17, 1839, Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Died: October 7, 1925, Newark, New Jersey.

Son of Sylvester Main, Hubert attended singing school until 1854, when he went to New York City and worked as an errand boy in a wallpaper house. In April 1855, he became an errand boy in the Bristow & Morse piano company. That same year, he helped his father edit the Sunday School Lute songbook by Isaac Woodbury. In 1867, Main was called to fill a position in William Bradbury’s publishing house. Following Bradbury’s death in 1868, the Biglow & Main publishers were formed as its successor. In addition to publishing, Main wrote over 1,000 pieces of music—part song, singing school songs, Sunday School music, hymns, anthems, etc. He also collected music books; in 1891, he sold his collection of over 3,500 volumes to the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois, where they were known as the “Main Library.” Main’s works include:

* Book of Praise for the Sunday School (with George A. Bell) (New York: Biglow & Main, 1875)
* Little Pilgrim Songs (with Mrs. Wilbur F. Crafts) (New York: Biglow & Main, 1884)
* Hymns of Praise (with George A. Bell) (New York: Biglow & Main, 1884)
* Gems of Song for the Sunday School (with Ira Sankey) (Chicago, Illinois: The Biglow & Main Co., 1901)


* Hall, pp. 141-6
* Hughes, pp. 480-1
* McCutchan, p. 299
* Hustad, p. 280
* Nutter, p. 461


1. Blessed Cross of Jesus
2. Blessed Homeland
3. Bright Forever, The
4. Ellesdie
5. Hear, and Live!
6. Hold Thou My Hand
7. Jesus, Jesus Only
8. Jewett
9. Let Me Lean on Thee
10. Little Friends of Jesus
11. My Ain Countrie
12. O My Savior, Hear Me
13. Only Trust the Savior’s Promise
14. Praise the Rock of Our Salvation
15. Save Me at the Cross
16. Tell the Blessed News
17. Thy Word Is a Lamp
18. We’re Traveling Home
19. What a Friend Thou Art to Me!
20. Yes, There Is Pardon for You


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