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Selected Poetry of Sarah Fuller Adams (1805-1848)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

  1. Nearer, my God, to Thee

Notes on Life and Works

Sarah Flower was born in Harlow, Essex, and married William Bridges Adams in 1834. Harold William Stephenson wrote a biography of this actress--Lady Macbeth, 1837--dramatic poet (Vivia Perpetua, 1841) and Unitarian hymn writer in The Author of Nearer my God to Thee in 1922. "Nearer my God to Thee" was one of thirteen hymns published by William Johnson Fox (1786-1864) in his Hymns and Anthems in 1841. They were originally sung in services at his South Place Chapel.

Biographical information

Given name: Sarah Fuller
Family name: Adams
Maiden name: Flower
Birth date: 22 February 1805
Death date: 14 August 1848
Nationality: English
Literary period: Victorian
          Middlesex to 1848
          Great Harlow, Essex: 1805 to 1820
          Dalston: 1820
Cause of death: Cancer
Buried at: Harlow, Essex
First RPO edition: 1998