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Sankey, Ira David Ira David Sankey
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(1840 - 1908)
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The Ninety and Nine

The Ninety and Nine
Ira David Sankey

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Composer :Ira David SankeySankey, Ira David (1840 - 1908)
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Arranger :Ira David SankeyZisi, Matthew
Copyright :Copyright © Matthew Zisi
Stirring arrangement of The Ninety and Nine, perfect for prelude, offertory, or other special service music.
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The Ninety and Nine and Nine Other Hymns by Ira D. Sankey

History’s great heroes tend to have help. Every president has his vice president, Alexander Graham Bell had his Mr. Watson, David Livingstone had his Mr. Stanley. Often, these helpers perform a service invaluable to the more famous figure that overshadows them, a service the hero couldn’t have done on his own. Excelling in this service, these helpers become famous in their own right, and deservedly so, for the great work they’ve done. Such was Ira D. Sankey to the great evangelist D.L. Moody.
Sankey was born August 28, 1840, in Edinburg, Pennsylvania. He didn’t grow up a Christian but got saved at the age of 16 at the King’s Chapel, three miles from his home. The family moved to Newcastle, Pennsylvania, around 1857, where Sankey started leading the choir at the local Methodist Episcopal Church. His reputation as a singer drew people in to hear his voice.
In 1860, Sankey enlisted in the 12th Pennsylvania Regiment, serving for the Union in the Civil War. While in the army, he led the singing for religious services. Once his term was up, he went back to Pennsylvania, where he assisted his father at the IRS and also started helping out at the YMCA. He got married in 1863 to Fanny V. Edwards, a help to him throughout his life.
In 1870, Sankey went to Chicago as a delegate at the YMCA convention. His singing of “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood,” attracted the attention of D.L. Moody, and the following exchange took place between the two. Sankey reports:
“As I drew near Mr. Moody he stepped forward and taking me by the hand looked at me in that keen, piercing fashion of his as if reading my very soul. Then he said abruptly, 'Where are you from?' 'Pennsylvania,' I replied. 'Are you married?' 'I am.' 'How many children have you?' 'Two.' 'What is your business?' 'I am a government officer.' 'Well, you'll have to give it up!' I was too much astonished to make any reply and he went on as if the matter had already been decided: 'I have been looking for you for the last eight years. You'll have to come to Chicago and help me in my work.'”
Sankey took a lot of convincing, but in 1871, he agreed to spend seven days with Moody in Chicago, and by the end of the week, he had resigned his IRS job and accepted the position. When asked about Sankey’s contribution, Moody is reported to have said, “If we can only get people to have the words of the Love of God coming from their mouths it's well on its way to residing in their hearts.”
Sankey’s skill as a singer was something Moody did not have, but wanted. As Moody said, “I feel sure the great majority of people do like singing. It helps to build up an audience — even if you do preach a dry sermon. If you have singing that reaches the heart, it will fill the church every time. There is more said in the Bible about praise than prayer, and music and song have not only accompanied all Scripture revivals, but are essential in deepening spiritual life. Singing does at least as much as preaching to impress the word of God upon people's minds. Ever since God first called me, the importance of praise expressed in song has grown upon me.”
Forced to pause their work in October of 1871 due to the Great Chicago Fire, Sankey and Moody nevertheless continued, and Sankey moved his family to Chicago the next year. He and Moody sailed for England in 1873, where they toured the United Kingdom holding meetings. It was while they were in England that Reverend A.A. Rees of Sunderland coined a new phrase when he said that Sankey was “singing the gospel.” Sankey’s “gospel songs” caught on in Scotland, where the former practice of singing only psalms was soon disregarded, as gospel songs were added to the repertoire.
Sankey’s first actual composition came in Edinburgh, as famed hymnwriter Horatius Bonar wrote a set of words for him. In 1874, he wrote his most famous, “The Ninety and Nine.” He first got the idea while on a train ride from Glasgow to Edinburgh, when he read the poem in a newspaper. A week later, Moody preached on the Prodigal Son and, at the end of the sermon, asked Sankey to sing a hymn. Sankey seemed to hear a voice inside telling him to sing ‘The Ninety and Nine,’ so he sat down at the organ and wrote the words to it. The hymn received instant popularity and went on to be admired by so distinguished an audience as Queen Victoria and Prime Minister William Gladstone. Years afterwards, famed London preacher Charles Spurgeon would use Sankey’s hymns at his services.
Moody and Sankey returned to the U.S. in 1874, and after preaching in Northfield, Massachusetts, on their first stop back, they travelled around the country, preaching in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Boston, St. Louis, and countless other cities. They even made it back to Great Britain a few times and preached in Canada and Mexico.
Over the course of his service with Moody, Sankey wrote many hymns. Though he occasionally wrote the texts, he more often wrote the words, and the hymnwriters he collaborated with included William O. Cushing and Fanny J. Crosby. Sankey collaborated with such well-known songwriters as Philip Bliss, George C. Stebbins, and James McGranahan on collections. The most famous collection he put together is Sacred Songs & Solos (also known as Sankey & Moody), a collection of over 1200 hymns that remains used today.
Sankey was also quite a philanthropist during his life. He built a YMCA building in Newcastle, his hometown. Sankey also helped raise 10,000 pounds to build the Carrubbers Close Mission, still in use in Edinburgh today. He passed away in 1908, leaving a legacy of song that endures today.
A 1914 biography of Sankey lists his most popular hymns as "The Ninety and Nine," "The Cross of Jesus," "Jesus of Nazareth," "Onward and Upward," "There'll Be No Dark Valley," "Call Them Now," "A Little While," "Room For Thee," "A Shelter in the Time of Storm," "Tell It Out," "When the Mists Have Rolled Away," "While the Days Are Going By," "Hiding in Thee," etc.” I’ve never heard of several of these, though this collection does contain “The Ninety and Nine,” “There’ll Be No Dark Valley,” “A Shelter in the Time of Storm,” and “Hiding in Thee.” “Under His Wings,” “Faith Is the Victory,” and “Trusting Jesus” would seem appropriate for this list as well, as those hymns are still fairly well-known today. This collection also contains three obscurities: “Grace, ‘Tis a Charming Sound!,” “What a Gathering,” and “I Am Praying for You.” I hope you enjoy these as much as the thousands of people who heard them for the first time at Moody and Sankey’s revival meetings so many years ago!

Sheet music list :
Sankey, Ira David : A Shelter in the Time of Storm
Sankey, Ira David : Faith Is the Victory!
Sankey, Ira David : Grace! 'Tis a Charming Sound
Sankey, Ira David : Hiding in Thee
Sankey, Ira David : I Am Praying for You
Sankey, Ira David : The Ninety and Nine
Sankey, Ira David : There'll Be No Dark Valley
Sankey, Ira David : Trusting Jesus
Sankey, Ira David : Under His Wings
Sankey, Ira David : What a Gathering!

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