Knowles Shaw

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Knowles Shaw

Knowles Shaw (October 31, 1834 – June 7, 1878) was an American author and composer of gospel hymns.


Shaw was born in Butler County in southwestern Ohio. He was a member of the churches of Christ, also known as the Christian Church or Disciples of Christ at the time.

His best known work is the popular gospel song "Bringing in the Sheaves" (words). He also wrote "Tarry with Me" and a tune used with "We Saw Thee Not" among many other works.

Shaw was a prolific evangelist, known for his wit, knowledge of the Bible, and ability to generate and maintain rapport with an audience.[1] He baptized over eleven thousand people in his ministry.[2]


Shaw died in a train wreck in McKinney, Texas, and a Methodist minister on board said that Shaw saved his life in the wreck. He was buried in East Hill Cemetery in Rushville, Indiana. His last words were: "It is a grand thing to rally people to the Cross of Christ."[3]

Shaw’s works[edit]

  • Shining Pearls, 1868
  • The Golden Gate, 1871
  • Sparkling Jewels, 1871
  • The Gospel Trumpet, 1878
  • The Morning Star, 1878



  • "We Saw Thee Not"
  • "I am the Vine and Ye are the Branches"
  • "Tarry with Me"


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  2. ^ Baxter, William (1879). The Life of Knowles Shaw, Singing Evangelist. Cincinnati, Ohio: Central Book Concern. pp. 152, 184.
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