To God Be the Glory

To God Be the Glory



To God Be the Glory is a hymn with lyrics by Fanny Crosby and tune by William Howard Doane.

It appears to have been written around 1872 but was first published in 1875 in Lowry and Doane’s song collection, “Brightest and Best.”  It was already popular in Great Britain before publication.

Fanny Crosby


Frances Jane Crosby (March 24, 1820 – February 12, 1915), usually known as Fanny Crosby in the United States and by her married name, Frances van Alstyne, in the United Kingdom, was an American Methodist rescue mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer.  During her lifetime, she was well known throughout the United States.  By the end of the 19th century, she was “a household name” and “one of the most prominent figures in American evangelical life”. She became blind while an infant.



William Howard Doane


William Howard Doane (born in Preston, Connecticut on February 3, 1832; died in South Orange, New Jersey on December 23, 1915) was an industrialist who composed Christian hymn tunes.  He held patents on wood-working machinery and in 1861 became President of J. A. Fay and Company.  In religious work he headed the Ohio Baptist Convention Ministers Aid Society for the Midwest.  In 1875 he received his doctorate in music from Denison University.



To God Be the Glory


To God Be the Glory
Hymn 341 with lyrics




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