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Sketch of Sarah Fuller Flower Adams, after a 1834 sketch by Margaret Gillies.

Sarah Fuller Flower Adams (22 February 1805 – 14 August 1848) was an English poet.

She was born at High Street, Old Harlow, Essex, younger daughter of Mr. Benjamin Flower, editor[1] and the sister of composer Eliza Flower.[2] Her longest work is Vivia Perpetua, A Dramatic Poem (1841), having as its subject the life of the early Christians.

Mrs. Adams was the author of several hymns, among which are "Nearer, my God, to Thee" and "He sendeth sun, He sendeth shower." She was a Unitarian.

In 1834 she married William Bridges Adams, polemicist and railway engineer. They lived at Loughton, Essex, where there is a blue plaque to the couple. She died from tuberculosis at the age of 43 and was buried at Harlow on 21 August 1848.[1]


  1. ^ a b John Julian D.D., A Dictionary of Hymnology, Second Edition, John Murray, 1907.
  2. ^ Hale, Sarah Josepha Buell (1853). Woman's Record; Or, Sketches of All Distinguished Women, from "the Beginning .... Harper & brothers. pp. 874.  


  • H. W. Stephenson, The Author of Nearer, My God, to Thee, 1922
  • H. W. Stephenson, Unitarian Hymn-Writers, 1931
  • This article incorporates text from an edition of the New International Encyclopedia that is in the public domain.

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Sarah Adams (Harlow, Essex, 22 February 1805 - 14 August 1848) was a poet and hymn writer. She was the younger daughter of Benjamin Flower, editor and owner of The Cambridge Intelligencer, and married William Brydges Adams, an inventor and civil engineer.


  • He sendeth sun, he sendeth shower,
    Alike they’re needful to the flower;
    And joys and tears alike are sent
    To give the soul fit nourishment.
    As comes to me or cloud or sun,
    Father! thy will, not mine, be done.
    • "He sendeth Sun, he sendeth Shower".
  • Once have a priest for enemy, good bye
    To peace.
    • Vivia Perpetua, Act iii. Sc. ii.

Nearer, my God, to Thee

  • Though like the wanderer,
    The sun gone down,
    Darkness be over me,
    My rest a stone;
    Yet in my dreams I'd be
    Nearer, my God, to Thee.
  • Nearer, my God, to Thee!
    Nearer to Thee!
    E’en though it be a cross
    That raiseth me,
    Still all my song shall be,
    Nearer, my God, to Thee!
    Nearer to Thee!

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