Miss Mary Elizabeth Servoss was born in 1849 at Schenectady, NY. Living with her crippled grandmother for eighteen years, Mary later took care of her mother and then her father until they died. It is said that Fanny Crosby was Mary’s motivation to produce gospel songs. Two of these songs, this one and "Be Glad in the Lord, and Rejoice," appear in the 1881 Sacred Songs and Solos compiled by Ira David Sankey. Another, "’Tis Jesus When the Burdened Heart" was published in the 1887 Voice of Praise published by the Sunday School Union. Cyberhymnal lists another, "O Zion, Acclaim Your Redeemer!" Toward the end of her life, Mary lived in Edeson, IL, where she died around 1906.
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