Edith G. Cherry

Edith G. Cherry
Short Name: Edith G. Cherry
Full Name: Cherry, Edith Gilling, 1872-1897
Birth Year: 1872
Death Year: 1897

English poetess, Edith Gilling Cherry was stricken with polio in infancy, and for the rest of her brief life she walked with the aid of crutches. (Miss Cherry died at the age of 25.) Most of her poems were written before she was 15 years old. She was a deeply spiritual young woman, ever conscious of her spiritual failings.

Edith Cherry gave the glory to God for her rich and insightful poetry. When she lay dying, after suffering a stroke, she said, “It all seems so small, all I have tried to do, so small to Him.” Her mother answered, “There are your songs, dear, they will carry on your work.” But Edith quickly replied, “Ah, but they were not mine at all, they were just given to me all ready, and all I had to do was write them down.”

Miss Cherry’s beautiful hymn, "We Rest on Thee," was sung on January 8th, 1956, by the five missionaries about to make contact with the Auca Indians of Ecuador. Shortly afterward, they were all martyred. Elisabeth Elliot, wife of Jim Elliot, one of the five, drew the title for her book, Through Gates of Splendour from a line of Edith Cherry’s hymn.


Texts by Edith G. Cherry (9)sort descendingAsInstances
Descanso en ti, mi defensor y escudoEdith Cherry (Author)2
He touched her hand and the fever left herEdith Adeline Gilling Cherry, 1872-1897 (Author)2
I have heard Thy voice, Lord JesusEdith G. Cherry (Author)14
O to be kept for JesusEdith G. Cherry (Author)17
Saying yes to JesusEdith G. Cherry (Author)2
We rest on thee, our Shield and our DefenderEdith G. Cherry (Author)11
What wouldst thou have me to do, Lord?Edith Gilling Cherry (Author)2
Wir traun auf Dich, Du Schirmer und BeschützerEdith Gilling Cherry (Author)1
W'r' ich doch ganz sein eigenEdith Gilling Cherry (Author)1
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