M. A. Kidder

M. A. Kidder
Short Name: M. A. Kidder
Full Name: Kidder, M. A. (Mary Ann), 1820-1905
Birth Year: 1820
Death Year: 1905

Mary Ann Pepper Kidder USA 1820-1905. Born at Boston, MA, she was a poet, writing from an early age. She went blind at age 16, but miraculously recovered her sight the following year. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1844 she married Ellis Usher Kidder, a music publisher, working for the firm founded by his brother, Andrew, and they had three children: Mary Frances, Edward, and Walter. That year they moved to Charlestown, MA, and in 1857 to New York City. When the American Civil War broke out, Ellis enlisted in the 4th Regiment as a private. Mustered in for two years of service, he died of disease in 1862, six days after participating in the Battle of Antietam. Left alone, with three children to care for, her writing hobby became a much needed source of income. She began writing short stories, poems, and articles and submitting them to various magazines and newspapers. For over 25 years she wrote a poem each week to the New York Ledger and others to the Waverly Magazine and New York Fireside Companion. She also frequently contributed to the New York Weekly, Demorest’s Monthly, and Packard’s Monthly. It was estimated that she earned over $80,000 from her verse. She lost two of her children when Walter drowned while swimming, and 18 years later, her daughter, Mary Frances, a talented sketch artist, died of heart disease. Mary Ann was active in the temperance movement and one of the first members of the Sorosis club, a women’s club. She loved children and animals. Her daughter-in-law described her as gentle, patient, always serene, and a good listener. She was fiercely independent and refused to lean on others for support, mentally or materially. Mary Ann lived for 46 years in New York City. She is said to have written 1000+ hymn lyrics. She died at Chelsea, MA, at the home of her brother, Daniel, having lived there two years. It is said that her jet-black hair never turned gray, which was a real grief to her, as she longed for that in advancing age.

John Perry

Kidder, Mary Ann, née Pepper, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, March 16, 1820, is the author of "Lord, I care not for riches" (Name in the Book of Life desired), and "We shall sleep, but not for ever" (Hope of the Resurrection), both of which are in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, 1878.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

Kidder, Mary Ann, née Pepper, p. 1576, i. Mrs. Kidder died at Chelsea, Mass., Nov. 25, 1905. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and resided for 46 years in New York City.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

Texts by M. A. Kidder (199)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
A radiant shore of light and loveMary Ann Kidder (Author)5
Above the waves of earthly strifeMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English29
Although 'tis many years since temperance work begunMary A. Kidder (Author)English3
Am I a lover of the LordMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Are you weary, heavy laden (Kidder)Mary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Be kind to thy pastor - for many long yearsMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Bear the news to every nationMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Beautiful Eden, refuge of peaceMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English12
Beautiful spirit of faithMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Before I strive to save poor soulsMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Bei der Arbeit, auf der Reise, Sing ich Zions-lieder gernMary A. Kidder (Author)German1
Bethlehem star, sweet gem of lightMary Ann Kidder (Author)5
Blessed Lord, Thy invitationMary Ann Kidder (Author)English9
Blow, ye golden trumpets, blowMary Ann Kidder (Author)English11
Brethren, let us work for JesusMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Bright is the joy of the girl or boyMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English3
Cherish kindly feelings, childrenMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English7
Children, blest with every comfortMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Come, come, come to the fount clear and sweetMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Come each with happy heartMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Courage, courage, brothers, courageMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Crowned with light in a home of [in] gloryMary Ann Kidder (Author)English5
Dark is my skyMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Dear Savior, all I think or doMary Ann Pepper Kidder (Author)11
Don't be idle, little childrenMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Don't drink it, Tom, don't drink itMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Don't forget to do goodMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)1
Don't forget to read the BibleMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English4
Dort in Eden's Revier, so lieblich und schönMary A. Kidder (Author)German1
Edena nani! mala maikaiMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)Hawaiian2
Ej mig jorden förnöjerM. A. Kidder (Author)Swedish2
Ere you left your room this morningMary Ann Kidder (Author)English124
Every day I am nearer Canaan's shoreMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)3
Far away beyond the shadows (Kidder)Mary A. Kidder (Author)2
Fear not, little flock, says the Savior divineMary Ann Kidder (Author)English31
For many years we've waitedMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Forward shall be our watchwordMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)3
Froh im trauten BruderkreiseMary A. Kidder (Author)German1
Glory in the highest, glory, Saints and angels praise the mornMary A. Kidder (Author)English4
Go to Sunday school, Children doMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Good news and glad tidings, O spread it abroadM. A. K. (Author)English4
Gud, jag frågar ej efter hvarken makt eller guldMrs. Mary A. Kidder (Author)Swedish4
Gud, jeg spørger ei efterMary A. Kidder (Author)Norwegian2
Hail, hail, hail, hail, blessed SabbathMary A. Kidder (Author)3
Hail to this our festal greetingMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Happy and gay, I will hasten awayMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Happy, happy festal day [eve]Mary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Hark, and hear them singingMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Have you paid, or care, or sorrowMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Heavenly land beautiful land, how I longMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Herr, ich bitt' nicht um ReichtumMary A. Kidder (Author)German1
Herr, nicht fleh' ich um ReichtumMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)German3
Holy and bright in the sweet sunlightMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
How I long to be there, where my spirit may restMary Ann Kidder (Author)English3
How sweet 'tis to thinkMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)4
How sweet will be the welcome homeMary A. Kidder (Author)English24
I am bought not with richesMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
I am bought not with riches, Neither silver nor goldM. A. K. (Author)2
I dreamed a dream of heavenMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
I have a home upon the earthMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
I hear not a footstepMary A. Kidder (Author)3
I look in vain for lightMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
I met a poor wanderer todayMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Ich begehre nicht ReichtumM. A. Kidder (Author)German1
I'll labor for the SaviorMary A. Kidder (Author)2
In the church of the LordMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)3
In the highways, or the hedgesMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Is it well with your soul today, brother, Is it well with you today?Mary A. Kidder (Author)English3
Is my name written thereMary A. Kidder (Author)English2
It should ever be our ruleMary A. Kidder (Author)2
I've wandered all day in the pitless stormMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Jesus, help me day by dayMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Jesus, I come to the fountMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Jesus, I turn to theeMary Ann Kidder (Author)9
Jesus my Savior, O keep me and guide meM. A. Kidder (Author)1
Jesus wants a messengerMary A. Kidder (Author)3
Joy, joy, joy today, Joy, joy, joy today, We are marching onMary A. Kidder (Author)3
Kuko ola a'e au laMrs. Mary A. Kidder (Author)Hawaiian3
La puerta abrid a los niñosMary A. Kidder (Author)Spanish3
Lambs of the SaviorMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Leave me with Jesus, I ask for no otherMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Let the children rejoice in Christ their KingMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Let us sing with joyMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Long my spirit pined in sorrowMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)23
Look on me, Savior mineMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Lord, I care not for riches, neither silver nor goldMrs. Mary A. Kidder (Author)English368
Los tesoros del mundo no deseo juntarM. A. Kidder (Author)Spanish2
Make us faithful, blessed SaviorMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Many sleep, but not foreverMary A. Kidder (Author)English1
Mich verlangt nicht nach SchätzenMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)German7
Mother, watch the little feetMary A. Kidder (Author)English4
Nim wyszedłeś dzisiaj z domuMary Ann Pepper Kidder (Author)Polish2
No matter what temptationsMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
No me importan riquezasMary A. Kidder (Author)Spanish5
Now, Uncle Sam, though well preparedMary A. Kidder (Author)2
O, blessed bond that makes us oneMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
O Father, behold thy wondering childMary A. Kidder (Author)2
O give the drunkard freedomMary A. Kidder (Author)2
O happy, happy tidingsMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
O have you seen the King of kingsMary A. Kidder (Author)3
O how I love the SabbathMary A. Kidder (Author)2
O how my spirit longs for TheeMary Ann Kidder (Author)English16
O Jesus, precious, bleeding LambMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
O Jesus, we praise theeMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
O leave the crowded ranks of sinMary A. Kidder (Author)2
O let not your hearts be troubled, Neither let them be afraidMary Ann Kidder (Author)English13
O touch not the wine cup, dear brotherMary A. Kidder (Author)2
O we love our faithful pastorMary A. Kidder (Author)2
O where are your hearts so lightMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
O where do you journey my brotherMary Ann Kidder (Author)English4
O who is my neighbor pray tell meMary Ann Kidder (Author)8
Of all the sweet and holy soundsMary A. Kidder (Author)2
O I'm a happy bluebird, sober, as you seeMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)3
O let me sing the blessed songMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
On the sweet Eden shore, so peaceful and brightMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English12
On this beautiful Sabbath day, brotherMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Only just across the river, over on the other sideMary Ann Kidder (Author)14
Only this time, is the drunkard's cryMary A. Kidder (Author)English3
Open the door for the childrenMary A. Kidder (Author)English77
Our glorious flag, it floats on highMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Pressing onward looking upwardMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Rain down righteousness O JesusMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Read, for the Bible's cheerful pageMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Sag bruder wohin willst du gehenMary A. Kidder (Author)German1
Savior, keep me near Thy sideMary A. Kidder (Author)English3
Savior, walk Thou still beside usMary Ann Kidder (Author)English6
Savior, we wait for TheeMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Say, earthly pilgrim, why delayMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Seek the face and favorMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Shall we meet no more to partMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Shepherd, we stray, show us the wayMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Songs of praise to Thee, my SaviorMary A. Kidder (Author)English2
Soon, O soon, I am going overM. A. K. (Author)1
Speed away, speed away, happy soul of the blestMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)6
Strains of music often greet me [us]Mrs. M. A. Kidder, 1864 (Author)English21
Strength for today is our only [all that we] needMary A. Kidder (Author)English3
Strength for today, that the weary heartsMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Strike, O strike for victoryMary Ann Kidder (Author)English22
Sweet is the Savior's voiceMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Sweet salvation runneth freeMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Sweetly dawns the Sabbath morningMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English1
¿Te acordaste al levantarteM. A. Kidder (Author)Spanish3
Tell me, sun, in the clear blue skyMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Tell me, watchman on the steepMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)3
The angels are coming upon their sweet missionMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
The dewy, dewy rose of SharonMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)5
The kingdom of Jesus is threaten'd we knowM. A. Kidder (Author)2
The lambs of the flockMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
The Lord, our God, is King, His rule, His name is loveMary Ann Kidder (Author)English4
The pleasures of the angel bandMary Ann Kidder (Author)5
The Sabbath bell so gayly breaksMrs. Mary A. Kidder (Author)3
The sun rose clear on Sabbath mornMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
The sweet spring time is hereMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Then palms of victory, crowns of gloryMary A. Kidder (Author)English1
There is a home in gloryMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
There is a land, a peaceful landMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
There is a land of loveMary Ann Kidder (Author)5
There is many a rest in [on] the road of lifeMary Ann Kidder (Author)7
Though I'm but a little maidenMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Though the pathway is roughMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Though we sleep, 'tis not foreverMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Thoughtless sinner, while you stayMary A. Kidder (Author)4
'Tis better to seek JesusMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
'Tis sweet with true and earnest willMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Unverzagt, wenn große NotMary A. Kidder (Author)German1
Vi skal sove, men ei evigtMary Ann Kidder (Author)Norwegian1
Wanderers from God and from mercy we strayMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)4
We are coming, blessed Savior, we hear Thy gentle voiceKidder (Author)English1
We are marching on to glory (Kidder)Mary Ann Kidder (Author)6
We are on our way to Zion's holy hillMary Ann Kidder (Author)7
We have heard the callMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
We love the shining starsMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
We may sleep, but not foreverMary Ann Kidder (Author)English4
We shall sleep, but not foreverM. A. Kidder (Author)English55
We soon shall be over the riverMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
We'll proclaim it from the mountainsMary A. Kidder (Author)2
We've 'listed in the holy warMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English5
When I draw near thy pearly gateMary A. Kidder (Author)4
When I think of Jesus' love, Jesus, blessed JesusMary Ann Kidder (Author)English9
When I'm dreaming, sadly dreamingMary Ann Kidder (Author)6
When light comes o'er the plainMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
When my sins before me lieMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
When rosey morning dawnethMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
When sorrows brood above meMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
When the heart is bowed in anguishMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
When the rosy morning dawnethMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
When the scenes of earth have fadedMary A. Kidder (Author)3
When the way looks darkMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
When we go up from JordanMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Whether joys possess the soulMary A. Kidder (Author)2
While we're singingMary A. Kidder (Author)3
Why despond, though trials comeMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English3
Why, my laddie, to my questionMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Why should I covet richesMary A. Kidder (Author)1
Why should we love the waysMary A. Kidder (Author)English2
Wonderful cross by faith I seeMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Would you know where the birds sing sweetestMary Ann Kidder (Author)6
Ye who know the Lord of gloryMary Ann Kidder (Author)English4
Yonder the flowers immortal growMary A. Kidder (Author)2

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