Amelia Opie

Amelia Opie
Short Name: Amelia Opie
Full Name: Opie, Amelia, 1769-1853
Birth Year: 1769
Death Year: 1853

Opie, Amelia, née Alderson, daughter of Dr. Alderson, a physician at Norwich, was born there Nov. 12, 1769. In May 1798 she was married to John Opie, the painter, who died in 1807. Originally Mrs. Opie was an Unitarian, but in 1814 she joined the Society of Friends. Most of her subsequent life she lived at Castle Meadow, Norwich, where she died Dec. 2, 1853. Mrs. Opie's prose works were somewhat numerous, and included Father and Daughter, 1801, a most popular tale; Temper, 1812; Tales of Real Life, 1813; and others. Her poetical works were Miscellaneous Poems, 1802; The Warrior's Return and Other Poems, 1808; Lays for the Dead, 1833, &c. Very few of her poems have come into use as hymns. The best known is “There seems a voice in every gale."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Opie, Amelia , p. 871, i. Another hymn by Mrs. Opie in common use is "When the disciples saw their Lord" (Travel by Sea and Land), in Com. Praise 1879. Dated 1838.

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


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