William Batchelder Bradbury (1816-1868) was born in in York, Maine, where his father was the leader of a church choir. He spent much time as a child studying music on his own. The family moved to Boston and he began organ lessons. He attended singing classes taught by Lowell Mason, was admitted to Mason’s Bowdin Street church choir, and quickly became known as an organist. With Mason’s help, he taught a singing school in Machias, Maine. He lived in St. Johns, New Brunswick, Canada, returned to Boston, then went to Brooklyn, New York City, as organist at the First Baptist Church. He became organist at the Baptist Tabernacle in NYC and began teaching singing classes. He went to London and Germany, where he studied harmony, composition, and vocal and instrumental music with prominent teachers of the time. Returning to New York, he devoted his time to teaching, conducting conventions, composing, and editing music books. With his brother, Edward G. Bradbury, he started the Bradbury Piano Company. He died in Montclair, New Jersey. He was the author and compiler of fifty-nine books and wrote many hymns and Sunday school songs. His church songs were models for many song writers that followed. In 1862, he wrote the music to the poem “Jesus Loves Me” and added the chorus: “Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus Loves me.”
All are mixed chorus unless noted; some may contain divisi.