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Jemima Luke › Texts

Jemima Luke
Short Name: Jemima Luke
Full Name: Luke, Jemima, 1813-1906
Birth Year: 1813
Death Year: 1906

Luke, Jemima Thompson, the wife of Rev. Samuel Luke, an Independent minister of England, was the daughter of Thomas 422 Thompson, a philanthropist, and was born at Colebrook Terrace, Islington, August 19, 1813. When only thirteen years of age she began writing for the Juvenile Magazine. She published a volume titled The Female Jesuit in 1851 and A Memoir of Eliza Ann Harris, of Clifton, in 1859, but her name is known to the Christian world almost wholly through the one hymn found in this volume. Mrs. Luke died February 2, 1906.
I think when I read that sweet 682

Hymn Writers of the Church, 1915, Charles Nutter


Luke, Jemima, née Thompson, daughter of Thomas Thompson, sometime of Bath, was born at Colebrooke Terrace, Islington, Aug. 19, 1813, and was married to the late Samuel Luke, a Congregational Minister, in 1843. She was an anonymous contributor to The Juvenile Magazine at the age of 13, and subsequently pub. several works, including The Female Jesuit, 1851; A Memoir of Eliza Ann Harris, of Clifton, 1859, &c. Mrs. Luke is known to hymnody through her hymn:—
I think when I read that sweet story of old. [The Love of Jesus.] It is recorded that this hymn was composed in a stage coach in 1841, and was designed for use in the village school, near her father's seat, Poundsford Park. It was published anonymously in the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, No. 874, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, and has since come into use through children's hymn-books in most English-speaking countries.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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