M. A. Kidder

M. A. Kidder
Short Name: M. A. Kidder
Full Name: Kidder, M. A. (Mary Ann), 1820-1905
Birth Year: 1820
Death Year: 1905

Mary Ann Pepper Kidder USA 1820-1905. Born at Boston, MA, she was a poet, writing from an early age. She went blind at age 16, but miraculously recovered her sight the following year. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1844 she married Ellis Usher Kidder, a music publisher, working for the firm founded by his brother, Andrew, and they had three children: Mary Frances, Edward, and Walter. That year they moved to Charlestown, MA, and in 1857 to New York City. When the American Civil War broke out, Ellis enlisted in the 4th Regiment as a private. Mustered in for two years of service, he died of disease in 1862, six days after participating in the Battle of Antietam. Left alone, with three children to care for, her writing hobby became a much needed source of income. She began writing short stories, poems, and articles and submitting them to various magazines and newspapers. For over 25 years she wrote a poem each week to the New York Ledger and others to the Waverly Magazine and New York Fireside Companion. She also frequently contributed to the New York Weekly, Demorest’s Monthly, and Packard’s Monthly. It was estimated that she earned over $80,000 from her verse. She lost two of her children when Walter drowned while swimming, and 18 years later, her daughter, Mary Frances, a talented sketch artist, died of heart disease. Mary Ann was active in the temperance movement and one of the first members of the Sorosis club, a women’s club. She loved children and animals. Her daughter-in-law described her as gentle, patient, always serene, and a good listener. She was fiercely independent and refused to lean on others for support, mentally or materially. Mary Ann lived for 46 years in New York City. She is said to have written 1000+ hymn lyrics. She died at Chelsea, MA, at the home of her brother, Daniel, having lived there two years. It is said that her jet-black hair never turned gray, which was a real grief to her, as she longed for that in advancing age.

John Perry

Kidder, Mary Ann, née Pepper, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, March 16, 1820, is the author of "Lord, I care not for riches" (Name in the Book of Life desired), and "We shall sleep, but not for ever" (Hope of the Resurrection), both of which are in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, 1878.

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

Kidder, Mary Ann, née Pepper, p. 1576, i. Mrs. Kidder died at Chelsea, Mass., Nov. 25, 1905. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and resided for 46 years in New York City.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

Texts by M. A. Kidder (193)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
A radiant shore of light and loveMary Ann Kidder (Author)5
Above the waves of earthly strifeMary Ann Kidder (Author)26
Although 'tis many years since temperance work begunMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Am I a lover of the LordMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Are you weary, heavy laden (Kidder)Mary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Be kind to thy pastor - for many long yearsMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Bear the news to every nationMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)3
Beautiful Eden, refuge of peaceMary A. Kidder (Author)12
Beautiful spirit of faithMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Before I strive to save poor soulsMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Bei der Arbeit, auf der Reise, Sing ich Zions-lieder gernMary A. Kidder (Author)German1
Bethlehem star, sweet gem of lightMary Ann Kidder (Author)5
Blessed Lord, thy invitationMary Ann Kidder (Author)9
Blow, ye golden trumpets, blowMary A. Kidder (Author)10
Brethren, let us work for JesusMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Bright is the joy of the girl or boyMary A. Kidder (Author)3
Cherish kindly feelings, childrenMary Ann Kidder (Author)7
Children, blest with every comfortMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Come, come, come to the fount clear and sweetMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Come each with happy heartMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Courage, courage, brothers, courageMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Crowned with light in a home of gloryMary A. Kidder (Author)5
Dark is my skyMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Dear Savior, all I think or doMary Ann Pepper Kidder (Author)11
Don't be idle, little childrenMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Don't drink it, Tom, don't drink itMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Don't forget to do goodMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)1
Don't forget to read the BibleMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Edena nani! mala maikaiMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)Hawaiian2
Ej mig jorden förnöjerM. A. Kidder (Author)Swedish2
Ere you left your room this morningMary Ann Kidder (Author)English119
Every day I am nearer Canaan's shoreMary A. Kidder (Author)3
Far away beyond the shadows (Kidder)Mary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Fear not, little flock, says the Savior divineMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)28
For many years we've waitedMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Forward shall be our watchwordMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Glory in the highest, glory, Saints and angels praise the mornMary A. Kidder (Author)4
Go to Sunday school, Children doMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Good news and glad tidingsM. A. K. (Author)4
Gud, jag frågar ej efter hvarken makt eller guldMrs. Mary A. Kidder (Author)Swedish4
Gud, jeg spørger ei efterMary A. Kidder (Author)Norwegian2
Hail, hail, hail, hail, blessed SabbathMary A. Kidder (Author)3
Hail to this our festal greetingMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Happy and gay, I will hasten awayMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Happy, happy festal day [eve]Mary A. Kidder (Author)3
Hark, and hear them singingMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Have you paid, or care, or sorrowMary A. Kidder (Author)4
Heavenly land beautiful land, how I longMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Herr, ich bitt' nicht um ReichtumMary A. Kidder (Author)German1
Herr, nicht fleh' ich um ReichtumMary Ann Kidder (Author)1
Holy and bright in the sweet sunlightMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
How I long to be there, where my spiritMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
How sweet 'tis to thinkMary A. Kidder (Author)4
How sweet will be the welcome homeMary Ann Kidder (Author)25
I am bought not with richesMary A. Kidder (Author)2
I am bought not with riches, Neither silver nor goldM. A. K. (Author)2
I dreamed a dream of heavenMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
I have a home upon the earthMary A. Kidder (Author)2
I hear not a footstepMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
I look in vain for lightMary A. Kidder (Author)2
I met a poor wanderer todayMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Ich begehre nicht ReichtumM. A. Kidder (Author)German1
I'll labor for the SaviorMary A. Kidder (Author)2
In the church of the LordMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)3
In the highways, or the hedgesMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Is it well with your soul today, brother, Is it well with you today?Mary A. Kidder (Author)3
Is my name written thereM. A. Kidder (Author)English2
It should ever be our ruleMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
I've wandered all day in the pitless stormMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Jesus, help me day by dayMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Jesus, I come to the fountMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Jesus, I turn to theeMary A. Kidder (Author)9
Jesus my Savior, O keep me and guide meM. A. Kidder (Author)1
Jesus wants a messengerMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Joy, joy, joy today, Joy, joy, joy today, We are marching onMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Kuko ola a'e au laMrs. Mary A. Kidder (Author)Hawaiian3
Lambs of the SaviorMary A. Kidder (Author)4
Leave me with Jesus, I ask for no otherMary A. Kidder (Author)4
Let the children rejoice in Christ their KingMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Let us sing with joyMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Long my spirit pined in sorrowMary Ann Kidder (Author)23
Look on me, Savior mineMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Lord, I care not for riches, neither silver nor goldMary Ann Kidder (Author)English355
Los tesoros del mundo no deseo juntarM. A. Kidder (Author)Spanish2
Make us faithful, blessed SaviorMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Many sleep, but not foreverMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Mich verlangt nicht nach SchätzenMary A. Kidder (Author)German6
Mother, watch the little feetMary Ann Kidder (Author)5
No matter what temptationsMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
No me importan riquezasM. A. Kidder (Author)Spanish3
Now, Uncle Sam, though well preparedMary A. Kidder (Author)2
O, blessed bond that makes us oneMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
O Father, behold thy wondering childMary A. Kidder (Author)2
O give the drunkard freedomMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
O happy, happy tidingsMary A. Kidder (Author)2
O have you seen the King of kingsMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
O how I love the SabbathMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
O how my spirit longs for theeMary Ann Kidder (Author)17
O I'm a happy bluebird, sober, as you seeMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
O Jesus, precious, bleeding LambMary A. Kidder (Author)4
O Jesus, we praise theeMary A. Kidder (Author)2
O leave the crowded ranks of sinMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
O let me sing the blessed songMary A. Kidder (Author)2
O let not your hearts be troubledMary Ann Kidder (Author)12
O touch not the wine cup, dear brotherMary A. Kidder (Author)2
O where are your hearts so lightMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
O where do you journey my brotherMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
O who is my neighbor pray tell meMary Ann Kidder (Author)8
Of all the sweet and holy soundsMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
O we love our faithful pastorMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
On the sweet Eden shore, so peaceful and brightMary Ann Kidder (Author)12
On this beautiful Sabbath day, brotherMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Only just across the river, over on the other sideMary A. Kidder (Author)14
Only this time, is the drunkard's cryMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)3
Open the door for the childrenMary Ann Kidder (Author)English80
Our glorious flag, it floats on highMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Pressing onward looking upwardMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Rain down righteousness O JesusMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Read, for the Bible's cheerful pageMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Sag bruder wohin willst du gehenMary A. Kidder (Author)German1
Savior, keep me near Thy sideMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)3
Savior, walk Thou still beside usMary Ann Kidder (Author)6
Savior, we wait for TheeMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)3
Say, earthly pilgrim, why delayMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Seek the face and favorMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Shall we meet no more to partMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Shepherd, we stray, show us the wayMary A. Kidder (Author)3
Songs of praise to thee, my SaviorMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Soon, O soon, I am going overM. A. K. (Author)1
Speed away, speed away, happy soul of the blestMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)6
Strains of music often greet meMary Ann Kidder (Author)21
Strength for today is our only [all that we] needMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Strength for today, that the weary heartsMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Strike, O strike for victoryMrs. Mary Ann Kidder, 1868 (Author)22
Sweet is the Savior's voiceMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Sweet salvation runneth freeMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Sweetly dawns the Sabbath morningMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)1
Tell me, sun, in the clear blue skyMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Tell me, watchman on the steepMary A. Kidder (Author)3
The angels are coming upon their sweet missionMary A. Kidder (Author)2
The dewy, dewy rose of SharonMary A. Kidder (Author)5
The kingdom of Jesus is threaten'd we knowM. A. Kidder (Author)2
The lambs of the flockMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
The Lord, our God, is King, His rule, his name is loveMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)4
The pleasures of the angel bandMary Ann Kidder (Author)5
The Sabbath bell so gayly breaksMrs. Mary A. Kidder (Author)3
The sun rose clear on Sabbath mornMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
The sweet spring time is hereMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Then palms of victory, crowns of gloryMary A. Kidder (Author)English1
There is a home in gloryMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
There is a land, a peaceful landMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
There is a land of loveMary Ann Kidder (Author)5
There is many a rest in [on] the road of lifeMary Ann Kidder (Author)7
Though I'm but a little maidenMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Though the pathway is roughMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Though we sleep, 'tis not foreverMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Thoughtless sinner, while you stayMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
'Tis better to seek JesusMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
'Tis sweet with true and earnest willMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Vi skal sove, men ei evigtMary Ann Kidder (Author)Norwegian1
Wanderers from God and from mercy we strayMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)4
We are coming, blessed Savior, We hearKidder (Author)2
We are marching on to glory (Kidder)Mary Ann Kidder (Author)6
We are on our way to Zion's holy hillMary Ann Kidder (Author)7
We have heard the callMary A. Kidder (Author)2
We love the shining starsMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
We may sleep, but not foreverMary Ann Kidder (Author)5
We shall sleep, but not foreverMary Ann Kidder (Author)52
We soon shall be over the riverMary A. Kidder (Author)2
We'll proclaim it from the mountainsMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
We've 'listed in the holy warMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)4
When I draw near thy pearly gateMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)4
When I think of Jesus' love, Jesus, blessed JesusMary Ann Kidder (Author)9
When I'm dreaming, sadly dreamingMary Ann Kidder (Author)6
When light comes o'er the plainMary A. Kidder (Author)4
When my sins before me lieMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
When rosey morning dawnethMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
When sorrows brood above meMary A. Kidder (Author)2
When the heart is bowed in anguishMary A. Kidder (Author)2
When the rosy morning dawnethMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
When the scenes of earth have fadedMary A. Kidder (Author)3
When the way looks darkMary A. Kidder (Author)2
When we go up from JordanMary A. Kidder (Author)3
Whether joys possess the soulMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
While we're singingMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)3
Why despond, though trials comeMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)3
Why, my laddie, to my questionMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Why should I covet richesMary A. Kidder (Author)1
Why should we love the waysMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Wonderful cross by faith I seeMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Would you know where the birds sing sweetestMary A. Kidder (Author)6
Ye who know the Lord of gloryMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Yonder the flowers immortal growMary A. Kidder (Author)2

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