Sarah Fuller Flower Adams: as English Poet

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      Sarah Fuller Flower Adams (1805-1848) is a English poet and hymn writer, born at Great Harlow, Essex. When her father died in 1829 she lived with the family of W. J. Fox, and contributed articles to his literary journal, the Monthly Repository. In 1834 she married William Bridges Adams. Her principal work, Vivia Perpetua, a Dramatic poem, a play about its heroine's conversion to Christianity, was published in 1841 and a long poem in ballad meter, entitled 'The Royal Progress', appeared in the Illuminated Magazine for 1845.

      Sarah wrote numerous unpublished poems on social and political subjects and composed several hymns which were set to music by her sister, and used in the services at Finsbury Chapel. She was drawn to dramatic writing and even considered acting as a profession, but much of her work was devotional and lyrical rather than dramatic in form. She is best known for her hymn 'Nearer, my God, to Thee'.

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