1789–1871

March 18, 1789, Clap­ham, Sur­rey, Eng­land.

Sep­tem­ber 22, 1871, Brigh­ton, East Sus­sex, Eng­land.

St. And­rew’s Church, Hove, Sus­sex, Eng­land.

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Char­lotte was the grand­daugh­ter of Hen­ry Venn, min­is­ter at Huddersfield, West York­shire, and au­thor of The Com­plete Du­ty of a Man, and friend and com­pan­ion of John Wes­ley. El­ing, a daugh­ter of Mr. Venn, marr­ied Charles El­lio­tt of Brigh­ton, and Char­lotte was the third of their six child­ren.

Two of her bro­thers be­came cler­gy­men, two of her sis­ters died young, and she lost her fa­ther in 1833. Upon the death of her mo­ther in 1843, her home was brok­en up, and short­ly af­ter she and her on­ly sur­viv­ing sis­ter went to the con­ti­nent.

Finally they set­tled in Tor­quay, Eng­land, and lived there 14 years. Af­ter that, she re­turned to Brigh­ton, which she ne­ver again left ex­cept once for a short time. Char­lotte be­came an in­va­lid around age 30, and re­mained so the rest of her life. About her phy­si­cal con­di­tion, she wrote:

My Hea­ven­ly Fa­ther knows, and He alone, what it is, day af­ter day, and hour af­ter hour, to fight against bo­di­ly feel­ings of al­most over­pow­er­ing weak­ness and lan­guor and ex­haus­tion, to re­solve, as He en­a­bles me to do, not to yield to the sloth­ful­ness, the dep­res­sion, the ir­ri­ta­bil­i­ty, such as a bo­dy caus­es me to long to in­dulge, but to rise ev­ery morn­ing de­ter­mined on tak­ing this for my mot­to, If any man will come af­ter Me, let him de­ny him­self, take up his cross dai­ly, and fol­low Me.

Elliott had an on­go­ing spir­it­u­al cor­res­pon­dence with Cé­sar Ma­lan, and wrote about 150 hymns. Her works in­clude:

  1. As the New Moons of Old Were Given
  2. Calm Was the Hal­lowed Night!
  3. Christian! Seek Not Yet R­epose
  4. Clouds and Dark­ness Round About Thee
  5. Dawn Ap­proach­es, Gold­en Streaks, The
  6. Father, When Thy Child Is Dy­ing
  7. Glorious Was That Pri­mal Light
  8. Guard Well Thy Lips
  9. Hail, Ho­ly Day, Most Blest, Most Dear
  10. I Need No Oth­er Plea
  11. I Need No Pray­ers to Saints
  12. I Want That Adorn­ing Di­vine
  13. Jesus, My Sav­ior, Look on Me
  14. Just as I Am
  15. Leaning on Thee, My Guide, My Friend
  16. My God, Is Any Hour So Sweet
  17. My God and Fa­ther, While I Stray
  18. My On­ly Sav­ior, When I Feel
  19. Not Wil­ling­ly Dost Thou Af­flict
  20. Now Let Our Hea­ven­ly Plants and Flow­ers
  21. O Faint and Fee­ble Heart­ed
  22. O God, May I Look Up to Thee
  23. O Holy Sav­ior, Friend Un­seen
  24. O How I Long to Reach My Home
  25. O Thou, the Con­trite Sin­ner’s Friend
  26. Sabbath Day Has Reached Its Close, The
  27. There Is a Ho­ly Sac­ri­fice
  28. There Is a Spot of Con­se­crat­ed Ground
  29. This Is Enough; Al­though ’Twere Sweet
  30. This Is the Day to Tune with Care
  31. This Is the Mount Where Christ’s Dis­ci­ples See
  32. With Tear­ful Eyes I Look Around