February 22, 1805, Harlow, Essex, England.

August 14, 1848, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Middlesex, England, of tuberculosis.

Harlow Baptist Burial Ground, Essex, England.


Sarah was the daughter of politician and journalist Benjamin Flower, editor of The Cambridge Intelligencer, and Eliza Flower. She married William Bridges Adams in 1834.

Sarah had hoped to be an actress, but God had other plans for her. Her stage career was cut short by poor health (though she did get to play Lady Macbeth in 1837), so she turned to writing. Her works include many magazine articles; a poem about early Christian martyrs called Vivia Perpetua (1841); The Flock at the Fountain (1845), a children’s catechism; and 13 entries in Hymns and Anthems, published in 1841 by minister William Johnson Fox. She attended Fox’s South Place Unitarian Church, Finsbury, London.

  1. Creator Spirit! Thou the First
  2. Darkness Shrouded Calvary
  3. Gently Fall the Dews of Eve
  4. Go, and Watch the Autumn Leaves
  5. He Sendeth Sun, He Sendeth Shower
  6. Nearer, My God, to Thee
  7. O Hallowed Memories of the Past
  8. O Human Heart! Thou Hast a Song
  9. O I Would Sing a Song of Praise
  10. O Love! Thou Makest All Things Even
  11. Part in Peace: Is Day Before Us?
  12. Sing to the Lord! For His Mercies Are Sure
  13. The Mourners Came at Break of Day