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).
calls her [p]erhaps . . the most importantwoman hymn-writer . . . born in the eighteenth century.
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
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