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) Hym… Go to person page >
Lo, at noon 'tis sudden night. Ann Gilbert, née Taylor. [Good Friday.] From Hymns for Infant Minds, 1810, No. 25, in 6 stanzas of 6 lines, and entitled "Jesus Christ came into the world to gave sinners” (ed. 1886, p. 63). This is a kindred hymn to her "Jesus, Who lived above the sky," and is quoted in her Memorials, 1874, as an example of beautiful simplicity and accuracy (vol. i. p. 224). It has attained to a good position amongst hymns of established worth, is in extensive use, and is one of the most popular of Mrs. Gilbert's compositions.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)