Eliza Lee Cabot Follen

Eliza Lee Cabot Follen
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Short Name: Eliza Lee Cabot Follen
Full Name: Follen, Eliza Lee Cabot, 1787-1860
Birth Year: 1787
Death Year: 1860

Follen, Eliza Lee, née Cabot, a well-known Unitarian writer, daughter of Samuel Cabot, born at Boston, August 15, 1787, and married, in 1828, to Professor Charles Follen, who perished on board the "Lexington," which was burnt on Long Island Sound, Jan. 13,1840. Mrs. Follen died at Brookline, Mass., 1860. She was a voluminous writer. Her Poems were first published at Boston (Crosby & Co.), 1839, and whilst she was in England she issued another volume for children's use, entitled The Lark and the Linnet, in 1854. Both volumes also contain some translations from the German, and versions of a few Psalms.

Her best known hymns are:—
1. How sweet to be allowed to pray. Resignation. Appeared in the Christian Disciple, Sept., 1818, and in her Poems, 1839, p. 116, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "Thy will be done."
2. How sweet upon this sacred day. Sunday. In her Poems, 1839, pp. 113-114, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled “ Sabbath Day.” It previously appeared in Sabbath Recreations, 1829.
3. Lord, deliver, Thou canst save. Prayer for the Slave. Found in Songs of the Free, 1836; but is not given in her Poems, 1839. In Adams and Chapin's Hymns for Christian Devotion, Boston, U.S., 1846, it is No. 802, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. In common with No. 2 it has found acceptance out¬side Unitarian Collections.
4. God, Thou art good, each perfumed flower. This is the original of J. H. Gurney's hymn," Yes, God is good," &c. (q.v.) There is some obscurity about the text. It is found in her Hymns for Children, Boston, 1825, beginning, "God is good," each perfumed flower," and this obvious misprint (which destroys the metre) was usually copied in later books. It is also given with the same first line as an original piece, never before published, and signed "E. L. C." (initials of Mrs. Follen's maiden name), in Emily Taylor's Sabbath Recreations, Wellington, Salop, 1826, p. 203. This suggests that it was printed in the American book after the US. was posted to England. Mrs. Follen may have written at first “Yes, God is good," but this cannot now be determined. It begins, “God, Thou art good," &c, in her Poems, 1839, p. 119, and in her verses, The Lark and the Linnet, &c, 1854, and in each case is in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, with the title, "God is Good."
5. Will God, Who made the earth and sea. A Child's Prayer. Given in her Poems, 1839, p. 164, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. In Dr. Allon's Children's Worship, 1878, No. 212, it is abbreviated to 4 stanzas (i.-iv.), and attributed to H. Bateman in error. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Texts by Eliza Lee Cabot Follen (34)sort descendingAsInstances
All things beautiful and fairMrs. Follen (Author)2
As through the pathleess fields of airEliza Lee Follen (Author)2
Before I close my eyes tonightEliza Lee Follen (Author)6
Before we close our eyes tonightEliza Lee Follen (Author)3
Flow on, thou shining river, flow gaily to the seaEliza Lee Follen (Author)3
Go forth, my heart, and seek the blissEliza L. Follen (Author)1
God is good, each perfumed flowerEliza Lee Follen (Author)3
God, thou art good, each perfumed flowerMrs. Follen (Author)17
God, who dwellest everywhereEliza Lee Follen (Author)2
Great Source of being, Father all-seeing!Eliza L. Follen (Author)2
Hail, reviving, joyous springFollen (Author)3
Hark, the little birds are singingEliza Lee Follen (Author)5
How beautiful the setting sunFollen (Author)15
How sweet to be allowed to prayEliza L. Follen (Author)62
How sweet, upon this sacred dayMrs. Follen (Author)30
In the beauty of holiness worship the LordEliza Lee Follen (Author)2
It is the gentle evening hourEliza Lee Follen (Author)1
It was my heavenly Father's loveEliza Lee Follen (Author)4
Little children, come to me (Follen)Eliza Lee Follen (Author)4
Lord, deliver; Thou canst saveMrs. Follen (Author)12
May the captive's pleadingFollen (Author)2
Mother, when around your childEliza Lee Follen (Author)2
Praise to God, O let us raiseEliza Lee Follen (Author)12
The Lord, the Lord of glory reignsEliza Lee Follen (Author)3
The sun is hidden from our sightEliza Lee Follen (Author)2
The young, the lovely, pass awayEliza Lee Follen (Author)4
This is the Sabbath dayEliza L. Follen (Author)2
Thou, from whom we never partEliza Lee Follen (Author)34
What is it makes my pathway brightEliza Lee Follen (Author)2
What mean ye that ye bruise and bindEliza Lee Follen (Author)5
When our purest delights are nipped in the blossomEliza Lee Follen (Author)3
When with error bewilderedMrs. Follen (Author)5
Will God, who made the earth and seaEliza Lee Follen (Author)9
Yes, God is good, each perfumed flowerEliza Lee Follen (Author)3

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