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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Critical and Biographical Essay by Alfred H. Miles

Ada Cross (Cambridge) (1844–1926)

ADA CROSS, better known to many by her maiden name Ada Cambridge, was born at St. Germans, Norfolk, on the 21st of November, 1844. She married the Rev. G. F. Cross, who, after holding several curacies in England and Australia, became Incumbent of Coleraine, Ballarat, in 1877. Mrs. Cross published “Hymns on the Litany” (1865), “Hymns on the Holy Communion” (1866), “The Manor House and other Poems” (1875), besides which she contributed to “Lays of the Pious Minstrels” (1862) and “English Lyrics,” and has written several works of fiction. Mrs. Cross’s poems have all the grace and charm of her hymns, and display upon a larger scale her command of calm, smooth versification, and quiet, restful thought. “The Farewell” and “The Baptistry” are among the best of them. Several of her hymns are in constant use, the following, in a modified form, being perhaps the most widely accepted.