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Hymns and Meditations

by Miss Anna L. Waring

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As a young girl, Anna Waring took it upon herself to learn biblical Hebrew in order to delve deeper into Old Testament poetry. She later channeled her talent for languages and words into her own creative work. With this little book, originally containing nineteen hymns (Waring added more to subsequent editions), she offers up her own songs of worship, following in the footsteps of the Old Testament writers she admired. Among her hymns, “Father, I know that all my life,” “Go not far from me, O my Strength,” and “My heart is resting, O my God” are the most widely known.

Kathleen O’Bannon
CCEL Staff
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About Miss Anna L. Waring
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Born: 1823
Died: 1910
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Basic information: Anna Letitia Waring (or Anna Laetitia Waring) was a Welsh poet and hymn-writer. She was born at Plas-y-Felin, Neath, the daughter of Elijah Waring (d. 1857). Her family were Quakers, but she became an Anglican and was baptised into the Church of England in 1842, at Winchester. Literary interests were fostered by members of her family as her uncle Samuel Miller Waring (also an Anglican) and her father Elijah both published works of literature.
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