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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

Harriet Auber (1773–1862)

DESERVEDLY remembered chiefly for one sweet lyric which has become universally popular, Harriet Auber was born in London on the 4th of October, 1773, and died at Hoddesdon, Herts, on the 20th of January, 1862, at the great age of eighty-eight. In 1829 she published her “Spirit of the Psalms,” which contained a number of metrical versions of the Psalms from her pen. Twenty-five of these, according to Julian, are in common use, more particularly in America; but the hymn already referred to, and quoted in full here, is her most widely accepted contribution to hymnody, and seems likely to survive long in the service of the Christian Church.