Saffery, Maria Grace, née Horsey [sic. Andrews], born in 1773, and died March, 1858, was daughter of the Rev. J. Horsey, [sic. She was not the daughter of J. Horsey. J. Horsey was a friend of her husband's] of Portsea, and wife of the Rev. Mr. Saffery, pastor of the Baptist Church at Salisbury. Early in life she published a short poem and a romance, and in 1834, a volume entitled Poems on Sacred Subjects (London, Hamilton, Adams & Co.). Mrs. Saffery was a gifted and accomplished woman. At the suggestion of her husband, and of her son, the Rev. P. J. Saffery, she wrote many hymns for special occasions. She contributed ten to Dr. Leifchild's collection, and others to the Baptist Magazine and other periodicals. Some time before 1818 she wrote… Go to person page >
Saviour, we seek the watery tomb. [Holy Baptism.] Anon, in the Baptist New Selection, 1828 No. 397. In the S. MSS. it is attributed to "Maria G. Saffery," on the authority of Mr. W. H. J. Page of Calne. In some American collections it begins, "O Lord, we in Thy footsteps tread."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)