Lucy Larcom

Lucy Larcom
From Cyberhymnal
Short Name: Lucy Larcom
Full Name: Larcom, Lucy, 1824-1893
Birth Year: 1824
Death Year: 1893

Larcom, Lucy, was born at Beverley Farm, Massachusetts, in 1826. Her Poems were published in 1864. Her hymn, "When for me the silent oar" [Death Anticipated), was published in 1868. She died in 1893.

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


Larcom, Lucy, p. 1576, ii. The extended use of this writer's hymns justifies a more detailed account of her life and work than is given on p. 1576. She was born in 1824, and worked from 1837-45 in the mills of Lawrence, Mass., then engaged in elementary teaching 1846-49, became a student at Monticello Female Seminary, Alton, Ill., 1849-52, and then entered upon advanced teaching in higher-class schools, and literary work. She edited with J. G. Whittier, Child Life in Poetry, 1871; Child Life in Prose, 1873; Songs of Three Centuries, 1875, &c. Her own works are Poems, 1869; Childhood Songs, 1875; Wild Roses of Cape Ann, 1881; Poetical Works, 1885; At the Beautiful Gate; And Other Songs of Faith, 1892. Her autobiography was published as A New England Girlhood. She died in 1893. In addition to "When for me the silent oar," of her hymns the following are in common use:—
i. From her Poems, 1869.
1. Hand in hand with angels. Angelic companion¬ship.
2. If the world seems cold to you.
3. When for me the silent oar. Death
ii. From her Wild Roses of Cape Ann, 1881.
4. In Christ I feel the heart of God.
5. O Spirit, "Whose name is the Saviour.”
in. From her Poetical Works, 1885.
6. Breaks the joyful Easter dawn, master.
7. Heavenly Helper, Friend Divine. Christ the Friend.
iv. From her At the Beautiful Gate, &c, 1892.
8. Draw Thou, my soul, O Christ. Looking to Jesus.
9. O God, Thy world is sweet with prayer. Prayer.
10. Open your hearts as a flower to the light.
11. King, happy bells of Easter time. Easter.
The above notes are from the British Museum copies of Miss Larcom's works.

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

Wikipedia Biography

Lucy Larcom (March 5, 1824 – April 17, 1893) was an American teacher, poet, and author. She was one of the first teachers at Wheaton Female Seminary (now Wheaton College) in Norton, Massachusetts, teaching there from 1854 to 1862. During that time, she co-founded Rushlight Literary Magazine, a submission-based student literary magazine which is still published. From 1865 to 1873, she was the editor of the Boston-based Our Young Folks, which merged with St. Nicholas Magazine in 1874. In 1889, Larcom published one of the best-known accounts of New England childhood of her time, A New England Girlhood, commonly used as a reference in studying antebellum American childhood; the autobiographical text covers the early years of her life in Beverly Farms and Lowell, Massachusetts.

Texts by Lucy Larcom (42)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Are we daily drawing nearerLucy Larcom (Author)English2
As strangers glad for thisLucy Larcom (Author)2
Breaks the joyful Easter dawnLucy Larcom (1826-1893) (Author)English22
Dark the night, the snowLucy Larcom (Author)3
Dear Lord, each selfish thought we thinkLucy Larcom (Author)6
Draw thou my soul, O ChristLucy Larcom (Author)English75
I learned it in the meadow pathL. L. (Author)4
For an eye of inward seeingLucy Larcom (Author)English2
For the wealth of pathless forestsLucy Larcom (Author)1
Great Master, whose name is the HealerLucy Larcom (Author)2
Hand in hand with angelsLucy Larcom (Author)English20
Heavenly Father I would wearLucy Larcom (Author)6
Heavenly Helper, Friend divineLucy Larcom (Author)English5
How near to me, my God, Thou artLucy Larcom (Author)English2
I am not glad till I have knownLucy Larcom (Author)English2
I said it in the meadow pathLucy Larcom (Author)8
I thank thee, Lord, for precious thingsLucy Larcom (Author)English4
If I were a sunbeam, I know what I would doLucy Larcom (Author)22
If the world seems cold to youLucy Larcom (Author)2
Impossible, the eagle's flightLucy Larcom (Author)2
In Christ I feel the heart of GodLucy Larcom, 1824-1893 (Author)English15
Into the heaven of thy heart, O GodLucy Larcom (Author)2
Into the ocean of thy peaceLucy Larcom (Author)English2
O God, thy world is sweet with prayerLucy Larcom (Author)English42
O heaven has come down to meet usLucy Larcom (Author)English2
O Spirit, whose name is the SaviorLucy Larcom (Author)English2
Old, we are growing oldLucy Larcom (Author)2
One with God, as heart with heartLucy Larcom (Author)English2
Only silently resignedLucy Larcom (Author)2
Open your heart as a flower to the lightLucy Larcom (Author)2
Ring, happy bells of Easter timeLucy Larcom (Author)English15
Still must I climb, if I would restLucy Larcom (Author)English3
Take the fruit I give youLucy Larcom (Author)4
Thanks to thee, O God most highLucy Larcom (Author)English2
They whose hearts are whole and strongLucy Larcom (Author)English3
Tiny little snowflakes, in the air so highLucy Larcom (Author)3
We are children of one FatherLucy Larcom (Author)6
What shall I do, my Lord, my GodLucy Larcom (Author)4
When for me the silent oarLucy Larcom (Author)English22
With each year, up through the agesLucy Larcom (Author)2
With the footsteps of the agesLucy Larcom (Author)English2
Yea, o'er me soared the eternal skyLucy Larcom (Author)2

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