Scott, Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev. Thomas Scott, Independent Minister at Norwich, and sister of Thomas Scott, noted below, was born at Norwich about 1708. In 1751 she was married to Elisha Williams, who had been from 1726 to 1739 Rector of Yale College, U.S.A., and with him she proceeded to Connecticut. On the death of Mr. Williams she was married to the Hon. William Smith, of New York, who also predeceased her. She died at Wethersfield, Connecticut, June 13th, 1776. In connection with Miss Scott's hymns we are acquainted directly and indirectly with four manuscripts, each of which is interesting in itself. These are as follows:—
i. The first manuscript is in the library of Yale College, New Haven, Connecticut. Mr. Franklin Bowditch… Go to person page >
All hail, Incarnate God. Elizabeth Scott. [Glory of Christ's Kingdom.] Contributed, under the signature of “S", to Ash and Evans's Baptist Collection of Hymns, 1769, No. 358, in 4 stanzas of 6 lines, and headed “The increasing Glory and Perpetuity of the Messiah's Kingdom." In 1787, on its republication in Rippon's Baptist Selection No. 430, to the st. ii. which reads :—
"To Thee the hoary head
Its silver honors pays;
To Thee the blooming youth
Devotes his brightest days;
And every age their tribute bring
And bow to Thee, all-conquering King"—
this note was added :—
"Composed on seeing an aged saint and a youth taken into church communion together."
In modern collections it is almost entirely confined to those of the Baptists and Congregationalists. It was introduced into the American hymnals through Staughton's edition of Rippon, 1813. Orig. text in Baptist Psalms and Hymns, 1858, No. 199. [William T. Brooke]
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
All hail, Incarnate God, p. 40, ii. This is in Miss Scott's manuscript. [No. 50].
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)