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Harriet Auber

Short Name: Harriet Auber
Full Name: Auber, Harriet
Birth Year: 1773
Death Year: 1862

Auber, Harriet, daughter of Mr. James Auber, b. in London, Oct. 4, 1773. During the greater part of her quiet and secluded life she resided at Broxbourne and Hoddesdon, Herts, and died at the latter place on the 20th Jan., 1862. Miss Auber wrote devotional and other poetry, but only a portion of the former was published in her Spirit of the Psalms, in 1829. This collection is mainly her work, and from it some useful versions of the Psalms have been taken and included in modern hymn-books, about 20 appearing in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866. Miss Auber's name is widely known, but it is principally through her exquisite lyric, "Our blest Redeemer, ere He breathed," and the Epiphany hymn, "Bright was the guiding star that led." (For criticism of her work, see English Psalters, §. 17.)

In addition to these and other hymns by Miss Auber, which are annotated under their respective first lines, the following are also in C. V., but principally in America:—

    1.  Arise, ye people, and adore.   Easter.
    2.  As Thy chosen people, Lord.   Ps. lxciii.
    3.  Can guilty man indeed believe?   Ps. xciv.
    4.  Delightful is the task to sing.   Ps. cxlvii.
    5.  Father of Spirits, Nature's God.   Ps. cxxxi.
    6.  Hail, gracious Source of every good.   Ps. Ixv.
    7.  Hasten, Lord, the glorious time.   Ps. lxxii.
    8.  Jehovah reigns, O earth, rejoice.   Ps. xccii.
    9.  Join, all ye servants of the Lord.   H. Scriptures.
    10.  Jesus, Lord, to Thee we sing.   Ps. cx.
    11.  O all ye lands, rejoice in God.   Ps. lxvi.
    12.  O God our Strength, to Thee the song.   Ps. lIxxxi.
    13.  O praise our great and gracious Lord.   Ps. lxxviii.
    14.  On thy church, O power divine.   Ps. lxvii.
    15.  Sweet is the work, O Lord.   Sunday.
    16.  That Thou, O Lord, art ever nigh.   Ps. lxxv.
    17.  The Lord, Who hath redeemed our souls.   Ps. xxxi.
    18.  When all bespeaks a Father's love.   Ps. set.
    19.  When dangers press and fears invade.   Ps. lxii.
    20.  Who, O Lord, when life is o'er.   Ps. xv.
    21.  Whom have we   Lord,  in  heaven, but Thee.   Ps. lxxiii.
    22.  Wide, ye heavenly gates, unfold.   Ascension.
    23.  With hearts in love abounding.   Ps. xlv.
    24.  With joy we hail the sacred day.   Sunday.
    25.  Vainly through the night the ranger.   Ps. cxvii.

All these psalm-versions and hymns are from her Spirit of the Psalms,   London, 1829.

- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Auber, Harriet, p. 90, ii. The following versions of psalms from her Spirit of the Psalms, 1829, are also in common use:-
1. Great God, wert Thou extreme to mark. Ps. cxxx. "Thy servants in the temple watched," begins with stanza ii. of this.
2. How blest are they who daily prove. Ps. xli.
3. How blest the children of the Lord. Altered from Ps. cxii.
4. Jehovah, great and awful name. Part of Ps. Ixxviii.
5. 0 Thou Whom heaven's bright host revere. Ps. Ixxxiv.
6. Praise the Lord, our mighty King. Ps. cxxxv.
7. Spirit of peace, Who as a [celestial] Dove. Ps. cxxxiii.
8. Thou by Whose strength the mountains stand. Ps. Ixv.
9. To heaven our longing eyes we raise. Ps. cxxi.
10. Vainly through night's weary hours. Ps. cxxvii. Sometimes "Vainly through the night the ranger."
11. While all the golden harps above. Easter.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

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Wikipedia Biography

Harriet Auber (1773 in Middlesex — 1862 in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire) was an English poet and hymnist.

Texts by Harriet Auber (45)sort descendingAsInstances
عجل الوقت السعيدHarriet Auber (Author)1
Als Jesus heim zum Vater gingHarriet Auber (Author)2
Angels bending from the skyHarriet Auber (Author)6
Arise, ye people, and adoreHarriet Auber (Author)10
Arrayed against our church and faithHarriet Auber (Author)2
Bless’d is the man who makes the wordHarriet Auber (Author)2
Bright was the guiding star that ledHarriet Auber, abr. (Author)91
Can guilty man, indeed, believeAuber (Author)2
Delightful is the task to singHarriet Auber (Author)10
Ere mountains reared their forms sublimeHarriet Auber (Author)52
Father of spirits, nature's GodHarriet Auber (Author)27
Great God, wert thou extreme to markHarriet Auber (Author)4
Hail, all hail the joyful mornHarriet Auber (Author)19
Hail, gracious Source of every goodHarriet Auber (Author)5
Hasten, Lord, the glorious timeHarriet Auber (Author)204
He came sweet influence to impartHarriet Auber (Author)2
How blest are they who daily proveHarriet Auber (Author)5
How blest the children of the LordHarriet Auber (Author)15
Join all ye servants of the LordHarriet Auber (Author)12
Mamua o ka pii ana'eHarriet Auber (Author)2
Ny Tompo, raha vao nanao veloma ny tatyHarriet Auber (Author)2
O all ye lands, rejoice in GodHarriet Auber (Author)23
"O God, My God!" why, in this hourHarriet Auber (Author)2
O God, our strength, to thee the songHarriet Auber (Author)30
O God the Spirit, King of flameHarriet Auber (Author)2
O Lord, how infinite thy loveMiss Harriet Auber, 1773-1862 (Author)2
On thy Church, O Power DivineHarriet Auber (Author)52
On us the sun of righteousnessHarriet Auber (Author)2
Opeuŋkitoŋpi kiŋ HeHarriet Auber (Author)2
Our blest Redeemer, ere He breathedHarriet Auber (Author)391
O praise our great and glorious LordHarriet Auber, 1773-1862 (Author)8
Spirit of peace, celestial doveHarriet Auber (Author)39
Sweet is the work, O LordHarriet Auber (Author)168
They who on the Lord relyHarriet Auber (Author)26
This is the day the Lord hath made, O earth, rejoice and singHarriet Auber (Author)15
Thy chosen temple, Lord, how fairHarriet Auber (Author)3
Thy servants in the temple watchedHarriet Auber (Author)2
Vainly through night's weary hoursH. Auber (Author)47
When all bespeaks a Father's loveHarriet Auber (Author)4
Who O Lord, when life is o'er Harriet Auber (Alterer)27
Whom have we, Lord, in heaven but theeHarriet Auber (Author)26
Wide, ye heavenly gates, unfoldHarriet Auber (Author)22
With hearts in love aboundingHarriet Auber (Author)17
With joy we hail the sacred dayHarriet Auber, 1773-1862 (Author)185
With stately towers and bulwarks strongHarriet Auber (Author)23

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