M. A. Kidder

M. A. Kidder
Short Name: M. A. Kidder
Full Name: Kidder, M. A. (Mary Ann), 1820-1905
Birth Year: 1820
Death Year: 1905

Used pseudonym: Minnie Waters
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Mary Ann Pepper Kidder USA 1820-1905. Born at Boston, MA, she was a poet, writing from an early age. She went blind at age 16, but miraculously recovered her sight the following year. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1844 she married Ellis Usher Kidder, a music publisher, working for the firm founded by his brother, Andrew, and they had three children: Mary Frances, Edward, and Walter. That year they moved to Charlestown, MA, and in 1857 to New York City. When the American Civil War broke out, Ellis enlisted in the 4th Regiment as a private. Mustered in for two years of service, he died of disease in 1862, six days after participating in the Battle of Antietam. Left alone, with three children to care for, her writing hobby became a much needed source of income. She began writing short stories, poems, and articles and submitting them to various magazines and newspapers. For over 25 years she wrote a poem each week to the New York Ledger and others to the Waverly Magazine and New York Fireside Companion. She also frequently contributed to the New York Weekly, Demorest’s Monthly, and Packard’s Monthly. It was estimated that she earned over $80,000 from her verse. She lost two of her children when Walter drowned while swimming, and 18 years later, her daughter, Mary Frances, a talented sketch artist, died of heart disease. Mary Ann was active in the temperance movement and one of the first members of the Sorosis club, a women’s club. She loved children and animals. Her daughter-in-law described her as gentle, patient, always serene, and a good listener. She was fiercely independent and refused to lean on others for support, mentally or materially. Mary Ann lived for 46 years in New York City. She is said to have written 1000+ hymn lyrics. She died at Chelsea, MA, at the home of her brother, Daniel, having lived there two years. It is said that her jet-black hair never turned gray, which was a real grief to her, as she longed for that in advancing age.

John Perry

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Kidder, Mary Ann, née Pepper, who was born in Boston, Massachusetts, March 16, 1820, is the author of "Lord, I care not for riches" (Name in the Book of Life desired), and "We shall sleep, but not for ever" (Hope of the Resurrection), both of which are in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, 1878.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

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Kidder, Mary Ann, née Pepper, p. 1576, i. Mrs. Kidder died at Chelsea, Mass., Nov. 25, 1905. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and resided for 46 years in New York City.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)


Texts by M. A. Kidder (206)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
A radiant shore of light and loveMary Ann Kidder (Author)5
Above the waves of earthly strifeMary Ann Kidder (1825-1905) (Author)English28
Although 'tis many years since temperance work begunMary A. Kidder (Author)English3
Am I a lover of the LordMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Are you weary, heavy laden (Kidder)Mary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Be kind to thy pastor - for many long yearsMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Bear the news to every nationMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)3
Beautiful Eden, refuge of peaceMrs. Mary A. Kidder (Author)English12
Beautiful spirit of faithMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Before I strive to save poor soulsMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English4
Bei der Arbeit, auf der Reise, Sing ich Zionslieder gernMary A. Kidder (Author)German1
Bethlehem star, sweet gem of lightMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)5
Blessed Lord, Thy invitationMary Ann Kidder (Author)English9
Blow, ye golden trumpets, blowMary Ann Kidder (Author)English11
Brethren, let us work for JesusMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Bright is the joy of the girl or boyMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English3
Cherish kindly feelings, childrenMary Ann Kidder (Author)English7
Children, blest with every comfortMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Children should ever try, Early to learnM. A. Kidder (Author)English2
Children's songs are heavenly echoesM. A. Kidder (Author)English2
Come, come, come to the fount clear and sweetMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Come each with happy heartMary A. Kidder (Author)2
¿Con fervor orar pensaste al amanecer?Mary A. Pepper Kidder, 1820-1905 (Author)Spanish2
Courage, courage, brothers, courageMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Crowned with light in a home of [in] gloryMary Ann Kidder (Author)English5
Dark is my skyMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Dear Savior, all I think or doMary Ann Kidder (Author)English11
Don't be idle, little childrenMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Don't drink it, Tom, don't drink itMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Don't forget to do goodMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)1
Don't forget to read the BibleMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English4
Dort in Eden's Revier, so lieblich und schönMary A. Kidder (Author)German1
Edena nani! mala maikaiMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)Hawaiian2
Ej mig jorden förnöjerM. A. Kidder (Author)Swedish2
Ere you left your room this morningMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English128
Every day I am nearer Canaan's shoreMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)3
Far away beyond the shadows (Kidder)Mary A. Kidder (Author)2
Fear not, little flock, says the Savior divineMary Ann Kidder (Author)English35
For many years we've waitedMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Forward shall be our watchwordMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)3
Froh im trauten BruderkreiseMary A. Kidder (Author)German1
Glory in the highest, glory, Saints and angels praise the mornMary Ann Pepper Kidder (Author)English4
Go to Sunday school, Children doMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Good news and glad tidings, O spread it abroadMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English4
Gud, jag frågar ej efter hvarken makt eller guldMrs. Mary A. Kidder (Author)Swedish4
Gud, jeg spørger ei efterMary A. Kidder (Author)Norwegian2
Hail, hail, hail, hail, blessed SabbathMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)3
Hail to this our festal greetingMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Happy and gay, I will hasten awayMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)4
Happy, happy festal day [eve]Mary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Hark, and hear them singingMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Have you pain, or care, or sorrowMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Heavenly land beautiful land, how I longMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Herr, ich bitt' nicht um ReichtumMary A. Kidder (Author)German1
Herr ich frag' nichts nach SchätzenMary A. Kidder (Author)German1
Herr, nicht fleh' ich um ReichtumMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)German3
Holy and bright in the sweet sunlightMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)4
How I long to be there, where my spirit may restMary Ann Kidder (Author)English3
How sweet 'tis to thinkMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
How sweet will be the welcome homeMrs. Mary A. Kidder (Author)English24
I am bought not with riches (Kidder)Mary Ann Kidder (Author)English2
I am bought not with riches, Neither silver nor goldM. A. K. (Author)English2
I dreamed a dream of heavenMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
I have a home upon the earthMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
I hear not a footstepMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
I look in vain for lightM. A. Kidder (Author)English2
I met a poor wanderer todayMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Ich begehre nicht ReichtumMary A. Kidder (Author)German2
I'll labor for the SaviorMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
In the church of the LordMary A. Kidder (Author)English3
In the highways, or the hedgesMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Is it well with your soul today, brother, Is it well with you today?Mary Ann Kidder (Author)English3
Is my name written there (Chorus)Mary A. Kidder (Author)English2
It is lighted, we know, like a palaceM. A. Kidder (Author)English2
It should ever be our ruleMary A. Kidder (Author)2
I've wandered all day in the pitless stormMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Ja, sie ruh'n, doch nicht für immerMary A. Kidder (Author)German1
Jesus, help me day by dayMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Jesus, I come to the fountMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Jesus, I turn to theeMary Ann Kidder (Author)9
Jesus my Savior, O keep me and guide meM. A. Kidder (Author)1
Jesus wants a messengerMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)3
Joy, joy, joy today, Joy, joy, joy today, We are marching onMary A. Kidder (Author)English3
Kuko ola a'e au laMary A. Kidder (Author)Hawaiian3
La puerta abrid a los niñosM. A. Kidder (Author)Spanish3
Lambs of the SaviorMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Leave me with Jesus, I ask for no otherMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Let the children rejoice in Christ their KingMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Let us sing with joyMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Long my spirit pined in sorrowMary Ann Kidder (Author)English22
Look on me, Savior mineMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Lord, I care not for riches, neither silver nor goldMary Ann Kidder (Author)English368
Los tesoros del mundo no deseo juntarMary A. Kidder (1820-1905) (Author)Spanish2
Make us faithful, blessed SaviorMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Many sleep, but not foreverMary A. Kidder (Author)English1
Mich verlangt nicht nach SchätzenMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)German7
Mother, watch the little feetMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English4
Nim wyszedłeś dzisiaj z domuMary Ann Pepper Kidder (Author)Polish2
No matter what temptationsMary A. Kidder (Author)4
No me importan riquezasMary A. Kidder (Author)Spanish5
Now, Uncle Sam, though well preparedMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
O, blessed bond that makes us oneMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
O Father, behold thy wondering childMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
O give the drunkard freedomMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
O happy, happy tidingsMary A. Kidder (Author)2
O have you seen the King of kingsMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
O how I love the SabbathMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
O how my spirit longs for TheeMary Ann Kidder (Author)English16
O I'm a happy bluebird, sober, as you seeMary A. Kidder (Author)3
O Jesus, precious, bleeding LambMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
O Jesus, we praise theeMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
O leave the crowded ranks of sinMary A. Kidder (Author)2
O let me sing the blessed songMary A. Kidder (Author)English2
O let not your hearts be troubled, Neither let them be afraidMary Ann Kidder (Author)English13
O touch not the wine cup, dear brotherMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
O where are your hearts so lightMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
O where do you journey my brotherMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English5
O who is my neighbor pray tell meMary Ann Kidder (Author)8
Of all the sweet and holy soundsMary A. Kidder (Author)2
O we love our faithful pastorMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
On the sweet Eden shore, so peaceful and brightMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English11
On this beautiful Sabbath day, brotherMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Only just across the river, over on the other sideMary Ann Kidder (Author)14
Only this time, is the drunkard's cryMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English3
Open the door for the childrenMary E. Kidder (Author)English74
Our glorious flag, it floats on highMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Pressing onward looking upwardMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Rain down righteousness O JesusMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Read, for the Bible's cheerful pageMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Sag Bruder wohin willst du gehenMary A. Kidder (Author)German1
Savior, keep me near Thy sideMary A. Kidder (Author)English3
Savior, we wait for TheeMary A. Kidder (Author)3
Savior, walk Thou still beside usMrs. Mary A. Kidder (Author)English6
Say, earthly pilgrim, why delayMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Seek the face and favorMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Shall we meet no more to partMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Shepherd, we stray, show us the wayMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Songs of praise to Thee, my SaviorMary A. Kidder (Author)English2
Soon, O soon, I am going overM. A. K. (Author)1
Speed away, speed away, happy soul of the blestMary A. Kidder (Author)6
Strains of music often greet me [us]Miss Mary A. Kidder (Author)English21
Strength for today is our only [all that we] needMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English2
Strength for today, that the weary heartsMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Strike, O strike for victoryMary A. Kidder (Author)English22
Sweet is the Savior's voiceMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Sweet salvation runneth freeMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Sweetly dawns the Sabbath morningMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English1
¿Te acordaste al levantarteM. A. Kidder (Author)Spanish3
Tell me, sun, in the clear blue skyMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Tell me, watchman on the steepMary A. Kidder (Author)3
The angels are coming upon their sweet missionMary A. Kidder (Author)2
The dewy, dewy rose of SharonMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)5
The kingdom of Jesus is threaten'd we knowM. A. Kidder (Author)English4
The lambs of the flockMary A. Kidder (Author)2
The Lord, our God, is King, His rule, His name is loveMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English4
The pleasures of the angel bandMary Ann Kidder (Author)5
The Sabbath bell so gayly breaksMary A. Kidder (Author)3
The sun rose clear on Sabbath mornMary A. Kidder (Author)2
The sweet spring time is hereMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Then palms of victory, crowns of gloryMary A. Kidder (Author)English1
There is a home in gloryMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
There is a land, a peaceful landMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
There is a land of love, Where the pure and the holy restMary A. Kidder (Author)English4
There is many a rest in [on] the road of lifeMary A. Kidder (Author)7
Though I'm but a little maidenMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
Though the pathway is roughMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Though we sleep, 'tis not foreverMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English5
Thoughtless sinner, while you stayMary A. Kidder (Author)4
'Tis better to seek JesusMary A. Kidder (Author)2
'Tis sweet with true and earnest willMary A. Kidder (Author)2
Unverzagt, wenn große NotMary A. Kidder (Author)German1
Vi skal sove, men ei evigtMary Ann Kidder (Author)Norwegian1
Wanderers from God and from mercy we strayMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English4
We are coming, blessed Savior, we hear Thy gentle voiceKidder (Author)English1
We are marching on to glory, We are marching on to Glory (Kidder)Mary Ann Kidder (Author)English6
We are on our way to Zion's holy hillMary Ann Kidder (Author)English6
We have heard the call from ZionMary Ann Kidder (Author)English2
We love the shining starsMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
We may sleep, but not foreverMary Ann Kidder (Author)English4
We shall sleep, but not foreverMary Ann Kidder (Author)English55
We soon shall be over the riverMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
We'll proclaim it from the mountainsMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Wenn wir auch entschlafen werdenMary A. Kidder (Author)German1
We've 'listed in the holy warMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English7
When I draw near thy pearly gateMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)4
When I think of Jesus' love, Jesus, blessed JesusMary Ann Kidder (Author)English9
When I'm dreaming, sadly dreamingMary Ann Kidder (Author)6
When light comes o'er the plainMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
When my sins before me lieMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
When rosey morning dawnethMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
When sorrows brood above meMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
When the heart is bowed in anguishMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
When the rosy morning dawnethMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
When the scenes of earth have fadedMary A. Kidder (Author)3
When the way looks darkMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2
When we go up from JordanMary Ann Kidder (Author)3
Whether joys possess the soulMary A. Kidder (Author)2
While we're singingMary A. Kidder (Author)3
Why despond, though trials comeMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English3
Why, my laddie, to my questionMary Ann Kidder (Author)2
Why should I covet richesMary A. Kidder (Author)1
Why should we love the waysMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English2
Wonderful cross by faith I seeMary Ann Kidder (Author)4
Would you know where the birds sing sweetestMary Ann Kidder (Author)English6
Ye who know the Lord of gloryMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)English4
Yonder the flowers immortal growMrs. M. A. Kidder (Author)2

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