Joseph Philbrick Webster

Mixed chorus
Religious music
Sacred songs
Sacred hymns
by popularity


2 on Earth and 2 in Heaven


Always of TheeAn Hour at the Old Play GroundAnnie LeeAppeal of the Reformed InebriateA-Smoking His Cigar


Brave Men, Behold Your Fallen ChiefBrother and the Fallen DragoonBrother In the ArmyBury Me in the Garden, Mother


Columbia, My Native Land


Dog and GunDon't Be Sorrowful, DarlingDriftingDrifting into Harbor




Fill Up the Ranks BoysFloraline Shore


Get Out of Mexico!Going Up & Coming DownGreen Old Hills


Hattie BellHurrah for General Grant!


I Am Weary and Faint in the Battle of LifeI Am Weary Let Me RestI Stand Beside a Lonely GraveI'll Twine Mid the RingletsI'm Dreaming of the Sweet Spring TimeI'm Looking Down Upon You MotherIn Dreams of My Childhood


Jenny WadeJessie Darling Come in Dreams


Katie WestKiss the Little Ones for MeKitty M'Cree O'Tossell


Let Independence Be Our BoastLittle MaudLorena


Mother, Can I Go?My Beautiful, for TheeMy Father's GraveMy Heart Is Still in MichiganMy Margaret


New Star Spangled BannerNorthmen Awake


Oh Glorious Hope!Oh How I Love My Mountain HomeOh Say to My Spirit Thy Bride Will I BeOh! Spare the Old HomesteadOh! That I Were a Man of WealthOh, Fallen HeroOlive of LoveOn the Banks of the PearlOnly Love MeOnwardOur Country's in Danger and Calls for You NowOur Neutral FriendOur OwnOur SoldierOur Soldiers Welcome HomeOur Turn Is Coming


Paul VaneProtect the Freedman


Scott and the VeteranSeven OudSoftly, Lightly, Sweetly SingSong of the SlaveSweet By and By


That's SoThe American EnsignThe Dear, Sweet Bells of MemoryThe Dying VolunteerThe Fay of the FallsThe Grand Rally!The Harp of AffectionThe Irish VolunteerThe Ivy and ElmThe Little Frock and ShoesThe Love of the Good and TrueThe Master's Gold YearThe Old Door-StepThe Old Man DreamsThe Orphan's LamentThe Past We Can Never Recall JamieThe Patriot Mother's PrayerThe RosebushThe Sailor Boy's Song of the SeaThe Slave's AppealThe Soldier to His MotherThe Star of LoveThe Volunteers WifeThe Wounded Boy at KenesawThere's a Change in the Things I LoveThey Buried Her Under The Old Elm TreeTouches of Little HandsTread Lightly


Uncle Sam's BoysUnder the Beautiful StarsUnder the Violets


We Are the Gay & Happy Suckers from the State of IllinoisWhen I Courted Mary AnnWildwood FlowerWill the Angels Take Me Up?


Zula Zong
Joseph Philbrick Webster, also known as J.P. Webster (February 18, 1819 – January 18, 1875), was an American songwriter and composer most notable for his musical compositions during the antebellum and American Civil War periods of United States history, and his post-war hymns.
Amongst his most notable works are the ballad "Lorena" (1857), often considered the most popular song of the American Civil War (on both sides), "I'll Twine 'Mid the Ringlets" (written in 1860 and later known as "Wildwood Flower") and "In the Sweet By and By" (1868), one of the best-known Christian hymns in American history.
J.P. Webster was born in Manchester, New Hampshire on February 22, 1819. From an early age he expressed an interest and talent in music, and went on to study with distinguished composers such as Lowell Mason and George James Webb, including a three-year course of study beginning in 1840 in Boston. Afterwards he travelled extensively throughout the Eastern United States as a concert singer, including notable stays in New York City and Madison, Indiana, where he performed with the famous "Swedish Nightingale" Jenny Lind, as her pianist. After years of travel, Webster eventually settled in Racine, Wisconsin.
Sometime before 1859 Webster developed what was commonly called "Lake Michigan Throat", a severe form of bronchitis, forcing him to abandon his singing career and move himself, and by then a wife and children, farther south and away from the lake to Elkhorn, Wisconsin. No longer having the strength in his voice for singing, Webster turned his attention to composing music. This was a passion that would produce over 1,000 songs, including music for ballads, hymns, patriotic drama, and a cantata.
During the Civil War years Webster taught and composed a variety of songs related to the war. He also participated as a drill sergeant for the Elkhorn "Wide Awakes", whose role was to act as the local home guard. As the war began to close, Webster returned his focus to writing ballads and hymns. About this time he also opened what was considered a "respectable saloon", which attracted young literary men of the town with which he would have future musical collaborations. One of these young men was Sanford Fillmore Bennett, who would later write the lyrics for "In the Sweet By and By".
Webster remained in Elkhorn until his death on January 18, 1875, at the age of 56. He is buried at the Hazel Ridge Cemetery in Elkhorn, where his epitaph reads, "Joseph P. Webster. In the Sweet By and By We Shall Meet". His former residence is now the home of the Walworth County Historical Society, which acts as a museum to both Webster and thousands of Civil War era antiques and unique items.