L. H. Sigourney

L. H. Sigourney
Short Name: L. H. Sigourney
Full Name: Sigourney, L. H. (Lydia Howard), 1791-1865
Birth Year: 1791
Death Year: 1865

Sigourney, Lydia, née Huntley. This distinguished name stood at the head of the female poets of America a generation ago, and is still well remembered. Born in Norwich, Connecticut, in 1791, she conducted a school in the same town from 1809 to 1814, when she removed to Hartford, where she was married to Charles Sigourney in 1819. Most of her subsequent life was spent at Hartford, and she died there, June 10, 1865. Her first publication was Moral Pieces in Prose and Verse, 1815. This was followed by 58 additional works. A thorough exploration of these, or of such of them are poetical, would be necessary to trace her hymns with accuracy. They, however, are more numerous than important. Many have been used in the older collections; some are still in use, but few are extensively and none are universally so. The principal hymnbooks in which they appeared were the Congregational Village Hymns, 1824; Kipley's Selection, 1829; and the Connecticut Psalms & Hymns, 1845; the Baptist Additional Hymns by Winchell, 1832; and Linsley and Davis's Select Hymns, 1836; and the Universalist's Hymns for Christian Devotion, by Adams & Chapin, 1846.

Her best known hymns chronologically arranged are:—
1. When adverse winds and waves arise. In Affliction. A graceful lyric, possibly inspired by Sir R. Grant's " When gathering clouds around I view."
2. Blest Comforter divine. Whitsuntide. This is one of four hymns by Mrs. Sigourney, which appeared in Nettleton's Village Hymns, 1824, under the signature of "H." It is sometimes altered to "Thou Comforter divine." Her best hymn.
3. We mourn for those who toil. Death and Burial. This poem on "Mistaken Grief" appeared in Cheever's Common Place Book, 1831
4. Choose ye His Cross to bear. Holy Baptism. This was given in Ripley's Selection, 1829-31.
5. Saviour, Thy law we love. Holy Baptism. In Winchell's Additional Hymns, 1832.
6. Onward, onward, men of heaven. Missions. This missionary hymn appeared in three different books in 1833, including the Christian Lyre Supplement, &c.
7. Labourers of Christ, arise. Home Missions. This was contributed, with nine others, by Mrs. Sigourney, to Linsley & Davis's Select Hymns, 1836. This is one of the most widely used of her hymns.
8. Pastor, thou art from us taken. Burial of a Minister. Sung at the funeral of the Rev. G. F. Davis, D.D., circa 1836.
9. Go to thy rest, my [fair] child. Death of a Child. From a Selection from her poems published in London in 1841.
10. Not for the summer hour alone. Holy Matrimony. In the same Selection as No. 9.
11. Where wilt thou put thy trust? Leaning upon God. In the Connecticut Cong. Psalms & Hymns, 1845.
12. Lord, may the spirit of this feast. Holy Communion. In the same as No. 11.
13. We praise Thee if one rescued soul. Temperance Anniversary. In Adams and Chapin's Hymns for Christian Devotion, 1846.
In addition to these hymns there are several others in the collections named above. As, however, they are not repeated in modern hymnbooks they are omitted from this list. We would add that two hymns, not noted above, "Little raindrops feed the rill" (Power of little things), and "There was a noble ark," are in common use in Great Britain; and that a selection of her pieces is given in the Lyra Sacra Americana, London, 1868. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]

-- Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Sigourney, Lydia, p. 1057, ii. Additional hymns are:
1. We thank Thee, Father, for the day. Sunday. This in Stryker's Church Songs, 1889, is dated 1850.
2. When the parting bosom bleeds. For Use at Sea. From Adams and Chapin's Hymns for Christian Devotion, 1846.
3. Prayer is the dew of faith. Prayer.
4. We praise Thee, Lord, if but one soul. An altered form of her hymn on Temperance (No. 13).

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

Texts by L. H. Sigourney (113)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Admitted where Thy truths are taughtLydia H. Sigourney (Author)5
All hail, ye blessed bandLydia H. Sigourney (Author)2
All hail, ye servants of the LordSigourney (Author)11
And can I yet delayMrs. Lydia Sigourney (Author)English1
Appear for my defence, my GodMrs. L. H. Sigourney (Author)2
Around a table, not a tombLydia H. Sigourney (Author)4
As bowed by sudden storms, the roseLydia H. Sigourney (Author)16
As crushed by sudden storms, the roseLydia H. Sigourney (Author)3
At life's early mornLydia H. Sigourney (Author)2
Blest Comforter divine!Lydia H. Sigourney (Author)English104
Bright morn hath shut her eyeMrs. Sigourney (Author)1
Check at their fountain headLydia H. Sigourney (Author)5
Choose ye his cross to bearLydia Sigourney (Author)15
Clime beneath whose genial sunLydia H. Sigourney (Author)7
Come listening Spirit, comeL. H. Sigourney (Author)4
Come see the grassy bed, where our companionL. H. Sigourney (Author)1
Dark night away hath rolledLydia H. Sigourney (Author)14
Do the clouds around thee gatherL. H. Sigourney (Author)2
Down to the unfathomed depthsL. H. Sigourney (Author)1
Father, a weary heart hath come to Thee for peaceMrs. Sigourney (1792-1865) (Author)English1
Fill the Easter font with careLydia H. Sigourney (Author)5
Full flowed Bethesda's mantling poolMrs. Sigourney (Author)2
Go to thy rest, fair [sweet] [dear] childMrs. L. H. Sigourney (Author)English64
Go, when the morning shinethMrs. Sigourney (Author)English1
God gave to Afric's sonsL. H. Sigourney (Author)4
God of the ever rolling deepL. H. Sigourney (Author)2
God of the year, with songs of praiseLydia H. Sigourney (Author)English17
Hath the Almighty handsL. H. Sigourney (Author)2
He who spread out the skyL. H. S. (Author)1
Hear, dwellers on the stable landL. H. Sigourney (Author)2
High we raise our hallelujahsLydia H. Sigourney (Author)5
Home, home, its glorious thresholdLydia H. Sigourney (Author)2
How beauteous the morning appearsLydia H. Sigourney (Author)3
How hath he loved us, Ask the starL. H. Sigourney (Author)3
Hush, little Christian childLydia H. Sigourney (Author)10
Hushed be the battle's fearful roarLydia H. Sigourney (Author)5
I saw a little girl, with half uncovered formLydia H. Sigourney (Author)2
It was a fearful nightL. H. Sigourney (Author)2
Laborers of Christ, ariseLydia H. Sigourney (Author)English95
Like her who in Samaria's boundLydia H. Sigourney (Author)5
Little raindrops feed the rillLydia H. Sigourney (Author)English17
Lord, lead my heart to learnSigourney (Author)16
Lord, may the spirit of this feastLydia H. Sigourney (Author)English19
Lord, teach my heart to learnL. H. Sigourney (Author)1
Lord, the shades of night surround usLydia H. Sigourney (Author)English2
Lowly and solemn beMrs. Sigourney (Author)English3
Man hath a voice severeLyida Huntley Sigourney (Author)English2
My child, look upward to the skyLydia H. Sigourney (Author)2
My glorious home in heavenL. H. Sigourney (Author)2
My soul, thy hasty censure spareL. H. Sigourney (Author)4
Native land, in summer smilingLydia H. Sigourney (Author)5
Night wraps the realm where Jesus wokeSigourney (Author)3
Not for the summer's hour aloneL. H. Sigourney (Author)10
Now, is the voice that nature breathesL. H. Sigourney (Author)7
Now mercy's light-winged pageL. H. Sigourney (Author)4
O Christian love, be strong, be strongLydia H. Sigourney (Author)3
O if to Afric's sable raceL. H. Sigourney (Author)4
O thou who biddest the sunL. H. Sigourney (Author)3
O thou who dwellest in the heavens highLydia H. Sigourney (Author)4
Oh! lift the hand, and Peace shall bearL. H. Sigourney (Author)English2
Only this once, the wine cup glowedLydia H. Sigourney (Author)10
Onward, onward, men of heavenLydia H. Sigourney (Author)English54
Parent, who with speechless feelingL. H. Sigourney (Author)3
Pastor, thou art from us takenL. H. Sigourney (Author)17
Peace was the song that [the] angels sangLydia H. Sigourney (Author)5
Philosophy of old her ponderous tomesLydia H. Sigourney (Author)3
Plants of our country's hopeL. H. Sigourney (Author)3
Plants of the heart we bringLydia H. Sigourney (Author)5
Prayer is the dew of faithLydia H. Sigourney (Author)2
Prayer may be sweet in cottage homesLydia H. Sigourney (Author)19
Ruler of the earth and skyL. H. Sigourney (Author)3
Savior, Thy law we loveL. H. Sigourney (Author)39
Scorn not the darken'd browMrs. Sigourney (Author)English2
Servants of Christ, ariseLydia H. Sigourney (Author)English16
Still in the forming hour of youthSigourney (Author)3
Temperance, tell the listening worldL. H. Sigourney (Author)6
Thanks for the Sabbath's holy rayLydia H. Sigourney (Author)2
That mighty angel to whose handLydia H. Sigourney (Author)English9
The best of days has comeL. H. Sigourney (Author)3
The holy dead! why weep ye soMrs. Sigourney (Author)1
The long lost [prodigal] son, with streaming eyesL. H. Sigourney (Author)English39
The Lord is on his holy throneMrs. Sigourney (Author)4
The mighty angel to whose handSigourney (Author)7
The sun hath [has] gone to restLydia H. Sigourney (Author)12
There sprang a tree of deadly nameMrs. Sigourney (Author)13
There was a bird like creatureLydia H. Sigourney (Author)2
There was a noble arkLydia H. Sigourney (Author)10
There's a draught that causeth sadnessSigourney (Author)3
They dread no storm that lowersL. H. Sigourney (Author)2
Thy father, why with locks of snowSigourney (Author)3
True prayer is not the imposing soundL. H. Sigourney (Author)2
'Twas near the close of that blest dayLydia H. Sigourney (Author)3
Up at the Gospel's glorious soundL. H. Sigourney (Author)2
Waft not to me the blast of fameSigourney (Author)2
Watcher! Who wakest by the bed of painLyida Huntley Sigourney (Author)4
We are the boys who love the truthL. H. Sigourney (Author)2
We have a goodly climeL. H. Sigourney (Author)3
We mourn for those who toilLydia H. Sigourney (Author)4
We praise thee, if one rescued soulLydia H. Sigourney (Author)13
We praise thee, Lord, if but one soulLydia H. Sigourney (Author)13
We thank thee, Father, for the dayMrs. Lydia H. Sigourney (Author)4
We'll not forget to thank youL. H. Sigourney (Author)2
When adverse winds and waves ariseSigourney (Author)31
When injured Arfic's captive [captives] claimMrs. Sigourney (Author)4
When renovating grace beginsLydia H. Sigourney (Author)5
When the parting bosom bleedsMrs. Sigourney (Author)6
When with unclouded ray Shines the bright sunLydia H. Sigourney (Author)English9
Where wilt thou put thy trustLydia H. Sigourney (Author)English27
Who knoweth of his safety, LordL. H. Sigourney (Author)4
Why wilt thou cast thy careLydia H. Sigourney (Author)4
Why wilt thou put thy trustL. H. Sigourney (Author)2
Wrapped in the robe of faithL. H. Sigourney (Author)2
Yet who this fearful deed hath wroughtLydia H. Sigourney (Author)2
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