|Short Name:||Jane Taylor|
|Full Name:||Taylor, Jane, 1783-1824|
Taylor, Jane, the younger of two sisters, was born at London, Sept. 23, 1783. Her gift in writing verse displayed itself at an early age. Her first piece was printed in the Minor's Pocket Book for 1804. Her publications included Display, a tale, 1815; Essays in Rhymes, 1816; and the posthumous work edited by her brother, entitled The Contributions of Q. Q., 1824, being pieces in prose and verse from the Youth's Magazine, to which she had contributed under the signature of "Q. Q." She died at Ongar, Essex, April 13, 1824. Her Memoir and Poetical Remains, were published by her father in 1825.
The joint productions of the two sisters, Ann Taylor Gilbert & Jane Taylor, were:-- (1) Original Poems, 1805; (2) Hymns for the Nursery, 1806; (3) Hymns for Infant Minds, 1809; 2nd edition 1810; 52nd edition 1877. To the 35th edition, 1844, Mrs. Gilbert interspersed 23 additional hymns by herself, thereby raising the total to 93. In 1886 Josiah Gilbert revised these hymns, added thereto from the works named above, supplied the initials "A." and "J." respectively, and published the same under the original title as the Authorized Edition." (4) Original Hymns for Sunday Schools, 1812.
In addition to the hymns which are noted under their respective first lines, Miss Taylor is the authors of the following (the date in brackets indicates the book in which each hymn appeared):—
1. A sinner, Lord, behold I stand (1809). A Child's Humble Confession.
2. Almighty God, Who dwellest high (1809). Praise to God.
3. Come, my fond, fluttering heart (Collyer's Collection 1812). Renunciation of the World.
4. God is so good that He will hear (1809). Encouragement to Pray.
5. God!—What a great and awful name (1809). God's Condescension.
6. How dreadful to be turned away (1812). Expulsion from Sunday School.
7. Lord, I would own thy tender care (1809). Thanks for Daily Mercies.
8. Love and kindness we may measure (1809). Against Selfishness.
9. Now condescend, Almighty King (1809). Evening Hymn for a Small Family.
10. This is a precious book indeed (1809). Holy Scripture.
11. What is there, Lord, a child can do? Repentance.
12. When daily I kneel down to pray (1809). Against wandering thoughts in Prayer.
13. When for some little insult given (1809). Against Anger, &c.
14. When to the house of God we go (1809). Public Worship.
Mr. Gilbert's edition of the Hymns for Infant Minds, 1886, together with manuscript notes, are our authorities for the foregoing ascriptions of authorship. Mr. Gilbert cannot distinguish the authorship of the following hymns by one or both sisters:—
1. Good David, whose Psalms have so often been sung (1812). Concerning David.
2. If Jesus Christ was sent (1812). Repentance.
3. King Solomon of old (1812). Concerning Solomon.
In literary excellence Mrs. Gilbert's hymns surpass those of her sister. They are more elevated in style, ornate in character, broader in grasp, and better adapted for adults. The best are "Great God, and wilt Thou condescend?", "Jesus, Who lived above the sky," and "Lo! at noon 'tis sudden night." Miss Taylor's hymns are marked by great simplicity and directness. The most popular and one of the best is, "There is a path that leads to God." Taken as a whole, her hymns are somewhat depressing in tone. They lack brightness and warmth.
--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Texts by Jane Taylor (87)||As||Authority Languages||Instances|
|A sinner, Lord, behold I stand||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||4|
|Ah why will my dear little child be so cross||Jane Taylor (Author)||1|
|All the little birds are sleeping||J. Taylor (Author)||2|
|Almighty God, I'm very ill||Jane Taylor (Author)||15|
|Almighty God, who dwellest high||Jane Taylor (Author)||7|
|Amid the deepest shades of night||Jane Taylor (Author)||1|
|Among the deepest shades of night||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||1|
|As infants once to Christ were brought||Jane Taylor (Author)||4|
|Come, let our songs resound||Jane Taylor (Author)||7|
|Come, let us now forget our mirth||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||37|
|Come, my fond fluttering heart! Come, struggle to be free||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||33|
|Come, my love, and do not spurn||Jane Taylor (Author)||8|
|Death has been here, and borne away||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||58|
|Down in a green and shady bed||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||2|
|Far from mortal cares retreating||Miss Jane Taylor (Author)||English||1|
|Father of our feeble race||John Taylor (1783-1824) (Author)||English||1|
|From his humble, grassy bed||J. Taylor (Author)||2|
|From morning till night, it was Lucy's delight||Jane Taylor (Author)||4|
|God is so good that he will hear||Jane Taylor (Author)||18|
|God made the world, in every land||Jane Taylor (Author)||10|
|God, what a great and awful word||Jane Taylor (Author)||3|
|God, who bade us roll||Jane Taylor (Author)||2|
|Good David, whose Psalms have so often been sung||Jane Taylor (Author)||2|
|Great God, and wilt thou condescend||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||7|
|High on a bright and sunny bed||J. Taylor (Author)||2|
|How dreadful, Lord, will be the day||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||15|
|How dreadful to be turned away||Jane Taylor (Author)||3|
|How great in Zion thou art praised||Jane Taylor (Author)||2|
|How long, sometimes, a day appears||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||1|
|I saw an old cottage of clay||Jane Taylor (Author)||4|
|I saw the glorious sun arise||John Taylor (Author)||11|
|I thank the Lord, who lives on high||Jane Taylor (Author)||14|
|If Jesus Christ was sent To save us from our sin||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||24|
|In a modest humble mind||J. Taylor (Author)||14|
|Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, Once became a child like me||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||36|
|Jesus, our gentle Shepherd, see||Jane Taylor (Author)||4|
|King Solomon of old A happy choice had made||Jane Taylor (Author)||7|
|Like shadows gliding over the plain||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||2|
|Lo! at noon, 'tis sudden night||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||5|
|Lord, I confess thy tender care||Jane Taylor (Author)||2|
|Lord, I have dared to disobey||Jane Taylor (Author)||10|
|Lord, I would own Thy tender care||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||57|
|Lord, may a few poor children raise||Jane Taylor (Author)||4|
|Lord, teach a sinful child to pray||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||32|
|Love and kindness we may measure||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||14|
|My Father, I thank thee for sleep||Jane Taylor (Author)||17|
|My father, my mother, I know||Jane Taylor (Author)||18|
|Now condescend, Almighty King||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||41|
|Now that my journey's just begun||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||30|
|O don't hurt the dog, poor honest old Tray||J. Taylor (Author)||3|
|O 'tis a folly and a crime||Jane Taylor (Author)||18|
|Of old did Jesus condescend||Jane Taylor (Author)||7|
|O what is life?--'tis like a flower||Jane Taylor (Author)||33|
|Poor harmless insect, thither fly||J. Taylor (Author)||2|
|Rejoice, the Lord is King: Your Lord and King adore||J. Taylor (Author)||English||10|
|Safe sleeping on its mother's breast||Jane Taylor (Author)||2|
|Some people complain they have nothing to do||Jane Taylor (Author)||2|
|Stars, that on your wondrous way||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||6|
|The butterfly, an idle thing||J. Taylor (Author)||3|
|The God of heaven is pleased to see||Jane Taylor (Author)||1|
|The lillies of the field, that quickly fade away||Jane Taylor (Author)||22|
|The moon is very fair and bright||Jane Taylor (Author)||9|
|There is a glorious world of light||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||92|
|There is a path that leads to God||Jane Taylor (Author)||61|
|There is a state unknown, unseen||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||16|
|There was one little Jack||Jane Taylor (Author)||3|
|This day belongs to God alone||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||27|
|This is a precious book indeed||Jane Taylor (Author)||33|
|This year is just going away||Jane Taylor (Author)||1|
|Thou, who didst with love and blessing||Jane Taylor (Author)||21|
|'Tis but a short uncertain space [life]||Jane Taylor (Author)||7|
|Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||11|
|Two good little girls, Marianne and Maria||J. Taylor (Author)||4|
|We offer, Lord, an humble prayer||Jane Taylor (Author)||15|
|Welcome, welcome, little stranger||Jane Taylor (Author)||3|
|We've passed a pleasant Sabbath day||Jane Taylor (Author)||20|
|What is there, Lord, a child can do||Jane Taylor (Author)||18|
|When a foolish thought within||Jane Taylor (Author)||11|
|When daily I kneel down to pray||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||39|
|When, for some little insult given||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||29|
|When Jesus Christ was here below, And spread His works of love abroad||Jane Taylor (Author)||12|
|When little Samuel woke||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||67|
|When sweet summer flowers appear||Jane Taylor (Author)||4|
|When to the house of God we go||Jane Taylor (Author)||27|
|Who made the sky so bright and blue||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||10|
|Who taught the bird to build her nest||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||11|
|Young children once to Jesus came||Jane Taylor (Author)||English||20|