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William J. Henry

Short Name: William J. Henry
Full Name: Henry, William J., 1867-1955
Birth Year (est.): 1867
Death Year: 1955

Originally from Ohio, Henry was an early leader in the Holiness Movement near Boyertown, Pennsylvania. In 1889 he, answered a call to hold revival meetings in eastern Pennsylvania. Denominational leaders had received requests from congregations there, but had no one to send. Though Henry was only 22 years old, he proved a very effective organizer. He toured eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey for several months each year till 1895. He became a very active evangelist and song writer, holding meetings in every American state and in Britain.


The song, “I Cannot Be Idle,” was written by William J. Henry, in 1897. He got saved from his sins at the age of 20 (in 1882), and he wrote this song at the age of 35 years old. He got saved at an evangelistic meeting, took his stand with the church of God, and he was called to the ministry nine years later, in 1891. Two years later (at the age of 31 years old), he made his first trip to spread the gospel overseas. A small congregation in Liverpool, England, was started through his laboring. Henry could not be idle! Later, he started a congregation in Springfield, Missouri, where he pastored for 13 years. He wrote more than 300 songs. At the age of 73 years old, Henry and his wife wrote: “To God be all the glory! This has been the busiest and happiest time of our lives. We are both enjoying the best of health and are decided to do more for [God] in the future.” He died 20 years later.

Texts by William J. Henry (84)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
A wonderful fountain is openedWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
Als ich am Anfang den Herrn gesuchtWilliam J. Henry (Author)German2
Are you walking in the light, in the light of God?W. J. Henry (Author)English3
Away down in Egypt's landWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
Brother, around you lost souls may be foundWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
Come, poor sinner, come to Jesus, bring Him all your sin and careW. J. Henry (Author)English4
Come sinner come God is calling theeWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
Come unto me, all ye that labor, Ye who in guilt and sin despairW. J. Henry (Author)English2
Es ist ein Ort bereit für michWilliam J. Henry (Author)German2
Ever since the blessed dayW. J. H. (Author)English2
For all the Savior has done for meWilliam J. Henry (Author)English5
From the burden of sinWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
Full salvation would you know?W. J. Henry (Author)English2
Go tell the world that Jesus has sufferedW. J. Henry (Author)English5
Halte mich in deiner Nähe, JesuWilliam J. Henry (Author)German3
He brought me out of darkness into lightRev. W. J. Henry (Author)English3
Herr Jesus, mein Heiland und HelferWilliam J. Henry (Author)German2
I am fighting in the army of the LordWilliam J. Henry (Author)English7
I am fully saved todayW. J. Henry (Author)English6
I cannot be idle, for Jesus says, GoW. J. H. (Author)English11
I have found a retreat, where I oftenWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
I have found a sweet restWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
I once was a slave in the bondage of sinWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
Ich fand, dass Jesus, der für uns starbWilliam J. Henry (Author)German2
If you would be a pillar in the church of GodW. J. Henry (Author)English5
I'll follow Jesus here, I'll never, never fearW. J. H. (Author)English8
I'll not be afraid for the terror by nightWilliam J. Henry (Author)English6
I'll tell it all to Jesus, my troubles I cannot bearW. J. Henry (Author)English2
I'm walking each day by the side of my LordWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
In dem Schatten seines Kreuzes ich weil'William J. Henry (Author)German3
In his pavilion hidingWilliam J. Henry (Author)English3
In the shadow of the cross let me hideW. J. Henry (Author)English5
I've forsaken all to follow in the footstepsW. J. Henry (Author)English3
I've found the Savior who died for manWilliam J. Henry (Author)English4
Jesus vil komme igjen, Dette er loeftet han gavWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
Jesus vill komma igenWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
Jesus was a great physicianWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
Keep me near Thee, blessed JesusW. J. Henry (Author)English8
Komme zu mir, der du mühseligWilliam J. Henry (Author)German2
Lasst uns stets einander liebenWilliam J. Henry (Author)German2
Let us ever love each otherW. J. Henry (Author)English8
Lord, I would be wholly ThineW. J. H. (Author)English5
Lord Jesus, my blessed RedeemerW. J. Henry (Author)English5
Love led the Savior to dark Calvary (Henry)W. J. Henry (Author)2
My soul was once so sad and drearWilliam J. Henry (Author)3
Nothing but leaves I've gatheredW. J. Henry (Author)English5
O brother watch your stepWilliam J. Henry (Author)English2
O herre min elskede frelserWilliam J. Henry (Author)3
O how are you living, my brother?W. J. Henry (Author)English2
O Lord, I read in the blessed BibleW. J. Henry (Author)English2
O brother, why stay on the wilderness shoreW. J. H. (Author)English2
O we are saved in Jesus' bloodW. J. Henry (Author)English4
O we love our Sunday schoolW. J. Henry (Author)English4
Once my heart was sad and lonely, and opprest with careWilliam J. Henry (Author)English2
Out on sin's dark mountainWilliam J. Henry (Author)English5
Savior, I come with my heart sad and bleedingWilliam J. Henry (Author)English2
Since I made a full surrenderWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
Since Jesus made my heart His homeW. J. Henry (Author)English2
Since my sins are all forgivenRev. W. J. Henry (Author)English5
Some one must cross over the ocean wildW. J. H. (Author)English3
The harvest is past and the summer is endedWilliam J. Henry (Author)English6
The Lord's my Shepherd (Henry)William J. Henry (Author)2
There are many false religionsWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
There is a home prepared for me, Beyond life's mortal yearWilliam J. Henry (Author)English2
There's a promise of the LordWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
There's a thought that sustains meWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
There's salvation full and freeWilliam J. Henry (Author)English5
Though often I'm tempted and sorely I'm triedWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
Wandering afar from my home aboveWilliam J. Henry (Author)English5
Warum steht ihr noch muessigWilliam J. Henry (Author)German3
Wenn das Werk mit Kraft nun verkündet warWilliam J. Henry (Author)German2
We're a band of happy pilgrims bound for our home aboveW. J. H. (Author)English5
When first I started to seek the Lord, I'm glad I counted the costW. J. Henry (Author)English15
When I travel the pathway so rugged and steepWilliam J. Henry (Author)English6
When I was bound in sin and shame Jesus brought me outWilliam J. Henry (Author)English4
When I've preached God's word with the Spirit's pow'rW. J. Henry (Author)English2
When my sky is clear and brightWilliam J. Henry (Author)English3
When the Lord in all his gloryWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
When the storm clouds gather till you scarceW. J. H. (Author)2
Where'er I go in this land of sinW. J. H. (Author)2
Wherever my Savior's hand may leadW. J. Henry (Author)English5
While the storms are raging and the billows rollW. J. H. (Author)English2
Why stand ye all day idle? the harvest time is hereJ. W. Henry (Author)English6
Your burden of sin will be taken awayWilliam J. Henry (Author)2
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