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 >
Thou glorious Sun of Righteousness. Charlotte Elliott. [Sunday Morning.] This hymn is in common use in two forms, and both are by Miss Elliott. The first form is in 3 stanzas of 4 lines, beginning as above, and appeared in the "Third Thousand" of H. V. Elliott's Psalms & Hymns, 1839, No. 291. This text is repeated in the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, and others. The second form is that given in Miss Elliott's Morning and Evening Hymns for a Week, 1839, p. 3, in 11 stanzas of 4 lines. Of this form of the text stanzas i., ii. and xi. are the preceding hymn, the remaining stanzas being new. This form is repeated, sometimes abbreviated, in Brown-Borthwick's Select Hymns, &c., 1871; the Society for Promoting Church Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871; Snepp's Songs of Grace and Glory, 1872; Thring's Collection, 1882, and others.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)