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Public Domain Hymns

IMPORTANT: This list is based on USA Copyright Law and is intended only as a help in researching public domain materials. This list is NOT sufficient documentation that music is in the Public Domain. To prove public domain status in the USA, you MUST find a published copy of the song with a copyright date of 1922 or earlier. Our PD Sheet Music Reprints are exact reprints of books and sheet music published in 1922 or earlier and include music, lyrics, and complete original copyright information. Some of these songs may not be PD in countries other than the USA.

Best Known PD Hymns

The list below is a very short sample of hymns in the public domain in the USA.
Use the Search Box to search for hymns using verse or chorus keywords of your choice.
If you cannot find a hymn believed to be published in 1922 or earlier, let us know and we will check it out for you.

Abide with Me - 1861 - m/ W.H. Monk, w/ H.F. Lytle
All Hail the Power of Jesus Name - m/ Oliver Holden, w/ E. Perronet
Amazing Grace - 1800, John Newton
Ave Maria - 1859, Gounod
Ave Maria - 1826,  Schubert
Blest Be the Tie That Binds - 1845 - m/ Hans G. Naegeli, w/ John Fawcett
Come Thou Almighty King - 1885, m/F. Giardini, w/C.Wesley
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing  - 1885, Wyeth
Crown Him With Many Crowns - m/ G. J. Elvey, w/ M. Bridges
Doxology, The - 1560
Faith of Our Fathers - w/ Frederick W. Farber
God Be With You [Til We Meet Again] - m/ W.G. Tomer, w/ J.E. Rankin
Hallelujah Chorus -1767
He Leadeth Me - 1885,  Bradbury
Holy, Holy Holy - m/ J.B. Dykes, w/ Dr. Heber
I Ain't Gonna Grieve My Lord No More  - 1865
I Love Thy Kingdom Lord - 1899
Jesus Christ Is Risen Today - m/ Lydia Davidica, w/ Tr. Tate and Brady
Jesus Shall Reign Wheree'er the Sun - m/J. Hatton, w/ Isaac Watts
Jesus! the Very Thought of Thee - 1885,  Dyken
Just As I Am - m/ W.B. Bradbury, w/ C. Elliott
Lead Kindly Light - 1885,  Dykes 
Love Will Find a Way Morse - 1890
Mighty Fortress Is Our God, A - 1529 m,w/ Martin Luther
My Faith Looks Up to Thee - m/ Lowell Mason, w/ Ray Palmer
My Jesus as Thou Wilt - 1885, Weber
Near the Cross [Jesus Keep Me] - m/ W.H. Doane, w/ Fanny J. Crosby
Nearer My God to Thee - 1859 - m/ Lowell Mason. w/1841, Sarah F. Adams
Now the Day is Over - 1869, Barnby
Onward Christian Soldiers - m/ Arthur Sullivan, w/ S. Baring-Gould
Praise Him, Praise Him ! [Jesus our Blessed Redeemer] - m/Chester G. Allen, w/ Fanny J. Crosby
Rescue the Perishing - m/ William F. Doane, w. Fanny J. Crosby
Savior, Like A Shephered [Lead Us] - m/ William B. Bradbury, w/ Dorothy A. Thrupp
Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus - 1901 - m/ Adam Geibel, w/ George Duffield
This Is My Father's World, m/ English Melody, w/ 1901 Maltbie D. Babcock
What A Friend [We Have in Jesus] - m/ C.C. Converse, w/ H. Bonar
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross - m/ Lowell Mason, w/ Isaac Watts
Wonderful Words of Life - m,w/ P.P. Bliss