June 8, 1915, Melville, Saskatchewan, Canada.

March 17, 2008, Shepherd Lodge, Toronto, Canada.

Park Lawn Ce­me­te­ry, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.


Clarkson grew up in Toronto, Canada, and was educated at the Riverdale Collegiate Institute, Toronto Teachers’ College, and the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Toronto. For 38 years she taught elementary school in Ontario. A gifted natural writer, she published hundreds of poems, articles, songs and sketches, and 17 books in 7 languages. Hymn writing was her first love, and sprang from a lifetime of Bible study, personal Christian experience, and a disciplined lyrical expression. Her hymns were published in A Singing Heart (Carol Stream, Illinois: Hope Pub­lish­ing Com­pa­ny, 1987). At its 1992 national convention, The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada named Clarkson a Fellow of the Society in recognition of her contribution to hymnody. Clarkson’s works in­clude:

  1. Amid the Fears That Oppress Our Day
  2. Battle Is the Lord’s, The
  3. Burn in Me, Fire of God
  4. By Christ Redeemed, in Christ Restored
  5. Come to Jesus While You May
  6. Debt of Love I Owe to Jesus, A
  7. For Your Gift of God the Spirit
  8. Gathered Round Your Table on This Holy Eve
  9. Go Bring in the Children
  10. God of Creation, All-Powerful
  11. God of the Ages, History’s Maker
  12. How Can I Know My Way Secure?
  13. How Great Thy Loving Kindness Is
  14. I Do Not Know Tomorrow’s Way
  15. I Set My Life by God’s Great Clock
  16. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus
  17. Jesus, Savior, Hear Me
  18. Let Us Build a House of Worship
  19. Let Us Draw Near! The Blood Is Spilt
  20. Lord of the Universe, Hope of the World
  21. Lord, We Hear Your Word with Gladness
  22. My Lord Has Given Me a Song
  23. My Song Shall Be of Jesus
  24. O Father, You Are Sovereign
  25. One Is the Race of Mankind Under Sin’s Condemnation
  26. Our Cities Cry to You, O God
  27. Our God Is Mighty, Worthy of All Praising
  28. Priest and Victim, Jesus Dies
  29. Sing Praise to the Father
  30. So Send I You, by Grace Made Strong to Triumph
  31. So Send I You, to Labor Unrewarded
  32. That’s the Name That I Love
  33. We Come, O Christ, to Thee
  34. We Gather Here to Bid Farewell