Words by:   Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915)

Music by: William H. Doanne  (1832-1915)

To God Be the Glory was written by Fanny Crosby, the most prolific hymn writer, and published in 1875. The music was composed by William Howard Doane. This traditional hymn is one that is loved by many.

If a hymn dies, can it live again?  

   The life-story of “To God Be the Glory” proves that the answer is “yes!” 

   Originally composed in America sometime before 1875, it was almost immediately forgotten in its native land.  In 1954, however, “To God Be The Glory” was rediscovered and acclaimed as a new favorite 

   We introduced the hymn during the early days of those meetings in Harringay Area, England.  As a result, Billy Graham asked that we repeat it often because he was impressed with the enthusiastic participation of the audience.  In the closing weeks of the crusade it became our theme hymn, repeated almost every night.  

   The words well expressed our praise to God, who was doing wondrous things in Britain. Of all the songs that have been popularized through crusade activity, we are most happy about this one. 

Cliff Barrows first sang this song in a Billy Graham Crusade.


Hymns of Glorious Praise, Springfield, Missouri:  Gospel Publishing House, 1969.


Birthplace of Fanny Crosby

Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915)

William Howard Doane (1867-1915)

LYRICS:  To God Be the Glory 
1. To God be the glory, great things He hath done;
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the life gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father, thro' Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.
2. O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To ev'ry believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
3. Great things He has taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing throu' Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.