Born: November 26, 1831, Blandford, Massachusetts.
Died: October 21, 1899.
Buried: Goshen, Massachusetts.
Hastings began hymn writing and preaching at age 17, and worked as an evangelist in various parts of America. In 1866, he established The Christian, a monthly paper, in which many of his hymns appeared. In 1865, he founded the Scriptural Tract Repository in Boston, Massachusetts. His works include:
Social Hymns, Original and Selected (Boston, Massachusetts: 1865)
Songs of Pilgrimage, a Hymnal for the Churches of Christ, Part 1, 1880
The Hastings Birthday Book, 1886, extracts from his prose writings
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