Anna Letitia Barbauld

Anna Letitia Barbauld
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Short Name: Anna Letitia Barbauld
Full Name: Barbauld, Anna Letitia, 1743-1825
Birth Year: 1743
Death Year: 1825

Barbauld, Anna Laetitia, née Aikin, daughter of the Rev. John Ailrin, D.D., a dissenting minister, was b. at Kibworth-Harcourt, Leicestershire, June 20, 1743. In 1753 Dr. Aikin became classical tutor at a dissenting academy at Warrington. During her residence there she contributed five hymns to Dr. W. Enfield's Hymns for Public Worship, &c, Warrington, 1772. In the following year these were included in her Poems, Lond., J. Johnson, 1773. In May, 1774, Miss Aikin was married to the Rev. Rochemont Barbauld, a descendant of a French Protestant family, and a dissenting minister. For some years Mr. Barbauld conducted, in addition to his pastoral work, a boarding school at Palgrave, Suffolk. From this he retired in 1785. In 1786 he undertook the charge of a small congregation at Hampstead, and from thence he passed to the dissenting chapel (formerly Dr. Price's) at Newington Green, in 1802. He d. Nov. 11, 1808. Mrs. Barbauld continued to reside in the neighbourhood until her death, March 9, 1825. In the latter part of the same year her niece published The Works of Anna Laetitia Barbauld, with Memoir, by Lucy Aikin, 2 vols., Lond., Longman, 1825. As a writer of hymns Mrs. Barbauld was eminently successful. Their use, however, with the exception of five contributed to Dr. W. Enfield's collection, is almost exclusively confined to the Unitarian hymnals of Great Britain and America. Including these hymnals, the whole of her hymns are still in common use. These hymns appeared thus:—

    i. In Dr. W. Enfield's Hymns, &c., 1772.
      1. Again the Lord of life and light. Easter.
      2. Awake, my soul, lift up thine eyes. Conflict.
      3. Behold, where breathing love divine. Christian Charity.
      4. Jehovah reigns, let every nation hear. God's Dominion. A part of this was given in Collyer's Sel., 1812, No. 586, as:—
      5. This earthly globe, the creature of a day.
      6. Praise to God, Immortal praise. Harvest.

    ii. Poems, 1773 (Preface dated Dec. 1, 1772). The whole of the above, and also:—

      7. God of my life and author of my days. To God the Father. This is an “Address to the Deity," in 80 1. It is given in Martineau's Collection, 1840 and 1873. From it the following centos were given in Collyer's Selection> 1812:—
      8. God, our kind Master, merciful as just.
      9. If friendless in the vale of tears I stray.

    iii. Poems revised 1792.

      10. Come, said [says] Jesus' sacred voice. Invitation.
      11. How blest the sacred tie that binds. Christian Fellowship.
      12. Lo where a crowd of pilgrims toil. Pilgrimage of Life. From this is taken:—
      13. Our country is Immanuel's ground [land].

    iv. Leisure Hour Improved (Ironbridge), 1809.

      14. Sweet is the scene when virtue dies. Death.

    v. Supplement to the Unitarian Coll. of Kippis, Bees, and others, 1807.

      15. When as returns the solemn day. Sunday.
      16. Sleep, sleep to day, tormenting cares. Sunday.
      17. How may earth and heaven unite. Worship.

    vi. Works, with Memoir, 1825.
    In vol. i. most of the above are reprinted, and the following are added :—

      18. Joy to the followers of the Lord. Joy. (c. 1820.)
      19. Pure spirit, O where art thou now. Bereavement. This is dated 1808.
      20. Salt of the earth, ye virtuous few. Salt of the Earth.
      21. When life as opening buds is sweet. Death. This is dated " November, 1814."

The more important of these hymns are annotated in this Dictionary under their first lines. Mrs. Barbauld's Hymns in Prose for Children, originally published in 1781, were long popular and have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, and other languages.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Barbauld, Anna L., p. 113, ii. No. 18 on p. 114, i.,should be dated circa 1820. Another hymn in common use from Mrs. Barbauld's Works, &c, 1825, is, "O Father! though the anxious fear" (E. Taylor, p. 1117, in error).

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

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Texts by Anna Letitia Barbauld (48)sort iconAsInstances
A holy quiet reigns aroundAnna L. Barbauld (Author)2
Again the Lord of life and lightAnna L. Barbauld (Author)206
As fades the landscape from the sightAnna L. Barbauld (Author)14
Auch die Kinder sammelst DuAnna L. Barbauld (Author)2
Awake, my soul, lift up thine eyesMrs. Barbauld (Author)119
Behold the blest believer dieAnna L. Barbauld (Author)2
Behold where breathing love divineAnna L. Barbauld (Author)44
Blest is the man who dies in peaceAnna L. Barbauld (Author)4
Blest is the man, whose softening heartAnna L. Barbauld (Author)103
Blest is the man whose tender heartAnna L. Barbauld (Author)11
Blest is the scene when Christians dieAnna L. Barbauld (Author)2
"Come," said Jesus' sacred voiceAnna L. Barbauld, 1743-1825 (Author)376
Come, ye thankful people, comeAnna L. Barbauld (Author)9
Farewell conflicting hopes and fearsAnna L. Barbauld (Author)2
God of my life and Author of my daysAnna L. Barbauld (Author)4
God, our kind Master, merciful as justAnna L. Barbauld (Author)8
Had not the God of truth and loveMrs. Barbauld (Author)1
How blessed is the tie that bindsMrs. Barbauld (Author)1
How blessed the righteous when he diesAnna L. Barbauld (Author)282
How blest the sacred tie that bindsBarbauld (Author)203
I love to steal awhile awayAnna L. Barbauld (Author)1
I read thy name emblazoned highAnna L. Barbauld (Author)1
Sleep, sleep today, tormenting caresAnna L. Barbauld (Author)29
If friendless in the vales of tears I strayAnna L. Barbauld (Author)9
Jehovah reigns let every nation hearAnna L. Barbauld (Author)10
Joy there is, that, seated deepMrs. Barbauld. (Author)2
Joy to the followers of the LordAnna L. Barbauld (Author)2
Joy to those that serve the LordMrs. Barbauld (Author)7
Life's labor done, as sinks the clayAnna L. Barbauld (Author)2
Lord, should rising whirlwinds tearAnna L. Barbauld (Author)5
Not for the dead in Christ we weepAnna L. Barbauld (Author)7
Not for the pious dead we weepAnna L. Barbauld (Author)17
O Father, though some anxious fearAnna L. Barbauld (Author)1
O Father, though the anxious fearAnna L. Barbauld (Author)39
Our country is Immanuel's ground Anna L. Barbauld (Author)56
Our God, as merciful as justAnna L. Barbauld (Author)5
Praise to God, immortal praise, For the love that crowns our daysAnna Laetitia Barbauld (Author)464
Salt of the earth ye virtuous fewAnna L. Barbauld (Author)6
Should the rising whirlwinds tearAnna L. Barbauld (Author)5
Sweet is the scene when Christians dieAnna L. Barbauld (Author)43
Sweet is the scene when virtue diesAnna L. Barbauld (Author)12
This day be grateful homage paidMrs. Barbauld (Author)5
This earthly globe, the creature of a dayMrs. Barbauld (Author)8
Thou, who with wide and absolute commandMrs. Barbauld (Author)1
We tread the path our Master trodAnna L. Barbauld (Author)7
When, as returns this solemn dayMrs. Barbauld. (Author)94
When life, as opening buds, is sweetAnna L. Barbauld (Author)8
Wokicize kiŋ waṡteAnn Laetitia Barbauld (Author)1

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