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Sankey and Moody. Joint Amer. compilers of hymn-tune collections popular in late Victorian years. Ira David Sankey (1840–1908) was an evangelistic singer from 1871 when he joined forces with D. L. Moody and toured with him in USA and Brit. until 1899. Sacred Songs and Solos was pubd. 1873. Moody did not write the words of any hymns. Sankey wrote many tunes and collected as many others.