Elliott, Charlotte, daughter of Charles Elliott, of Clapham and Brighton, and granddaughter of the Rev. H. Venn, of Huddersfield, was born March 18, 1789. The first 32 years of her life were spent mostly at Clapham. In 1823 she removed to Brighton, and died there Sept. 22, 1871. To her acquaintance with Dr. C. Malan, of Geneva, is attributed much of the deep spiritual-mindedness which is so prominent in her hymns. Though weak and feeble in body, she possessed a strong imagination, and a well-cultured and intellectual mind. Her love of poetry and music was great, and is reflected in her verse. Her hymns number about 150, a large percentage of which are in common use. The finest and most widely known of these are, "Just as I am” and "My God… Go to person page >
I want that adorning divine. Charlotte Elliott. [For Purity.] This poem on "The Pilgrim's Wants" appeared in the Christian Remembrancer pocket book, 1848, and as one of J. Groom's leaflets, 1848, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines. Each stanza is based upon a passage of Holy Scripture.
i. Col. iii. 12-17; ii. Rom. viii. 11, 16; iii. 1 John iii. 2, 3; iv. Rev. ii. 17; vi. John iv. 2, 5; vi. 1 John ii. 15; vii. Matt. vi. 19, 21; viii. Heb. xiii. 5, 6; ix. Philip iii. 8, 9.
It is also given in Leaves from the Christian Remembrancer, 1871, and in Leaves from Unpublished Journals, Letters and Poems of Charlotte Elliott, Lond., n.d. (cir. 1870). In Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, it is given in two parts, Pt. ii. being, "I want Thine own hand to unbind." [William T. Brooke]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)