Eliza Lee Cabot Follen

Eliza Lee Cabot Follen
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)

Wikipedia Biography

Eliza Lee Cabot Follen (August 15, 1787 – January 26, 1860) was an American writer, editor, and abolitionist. In her early life, she contributed various pieces of prose and poetry to papers and magazines. In 1828, she married Prof. Charles Follen, who died on board the Lexington in 1840. During her married life, she published a variety of popular and useful books, all of which were characterized by her Christian piety. Among the works she gave to the press are, Selections from Fénelon, The Well-spent Hour, Words of Truth, The Sceptic, Married Life, Little Songs, Poems, Life of Charles Follen, Twilight Stories, Second Series of Little Songs, as well as a compilation of Home Dramas, and German Fairy Tales. Holding an interest in the religious instruction of the young, she edited, in 1829, th

Texts by Eliza Lee Cabot Follen (37)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
All things beautiful and fairFollen (Author)English6
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 tonightFollen (Author)3
Flow on, thou shining river, flow gaily to the seaMrs. 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)English17
God, who dwellest everywhereEliza Lee Follen (Author)English3
Great Source of being, Father all-seeing!Mrs. Follen (Author)1
Hail, reviving, joyous springFollen (Author)3
Hark, the little birds are singingEliza Lee Follen (Author)5
Here, like the birds that wander freeEliza Follem (Author)English5
How beautiful the setting sunEliza Lee Follen (Author)14
How sweet to be allowed to prayMrs. Follen (Author)English62
How sweet, upon this sacred dayMrs. Follen (Author)31
In the beauty of holiness worship the LordEliza Lee Follen (Author)2
It is the gentle evening hourEliza Lee Follen (Author)English4
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)English15
May the captive's pleadingFollen (Author)2
Mother, when around your childEliza Lee Follen (Author)English3
Praise to God, O let us raiseEliza Lee Follen (Author)12
The Lord, the Lord of glory reignsMrs. 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 day! This is the Sabbath day!Eliza L. Follen (Author)English1
This is the Sabbath day! In the wide field I am aloneMrs. Follen (Translator (from German))English2
Thou, from whom we never partEliza Lee Follen (Author)English30
What is it makes my pathway brightEliza Lee Follen (Author)English1
What mean ye that ye bruise and bindEliza Lee Follen (Author)English6
When our purest delights are nipped in the blossomEliza Lee Follen (Author)3
When with error bewilderedEliza Lee Follen (Author)5
Will God, who made the earth and seaEliza Lee Follen (Author)English8
Yes, God is good, each perfumed flowerEliza Lee Follen (Author)3
Yes, [Our] God is good, in earth and skyEliza L. Follen (Author)English5

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