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Charlotte Elliott was a prolific author in the mid nineteenth century of religious lyrics, many of them hymns, which circulated in periodicals, annuals, and collections. Her enduring reputation rests on the hymn "Just as I am—without one plea" (although "My God and Father while I stray" and "Christian, seek not yet repose" also remain well-known). Erik Routley calls her "[p]erhaps . . the most important" "woman hymn-writer . . . born in the eighteenth century." Bibliographic Citation link. Her hymns and poems depict the inevitability of human suffering, and embrace hardship and loss as roads to heaven. From around 1850 her works appeared in Anglican hymnals, and "Just as I am—without one plea" remains in the Lutheran Book of Worship. Bibliographic Citation link.
18 March 1789 Charlotte Elliott was born at Grove House, Clapham, in South London, the third daughter among eight children born to a leading family of the Clapham Sect.  Bibliographic Citation link.
Before 9 May 1822 CE composed occasional poems, social and some of them humorous, which were appended years later to the 1871 edition of Thoughts in Verse on Sacred Subjects. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 September 1871 CE died at Brighton in Sussex in her early eighties, after several years as a complete invalid. Bibliographic Citation link.
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