1833–1902

Introduction

Born: May 17, 1833, Han­ov­er, New Hamp­shire (Ju­li­an in­cor­rect­ly gives the lo­ca­tion as Han­ov­er, New Ha­ven).

Died: Au­gust 31, 1902, Brook­lyn, New York.

Buried: Green-Wood Ce­me­te­ry, Brook­lyn, New York.

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Biography

Grace was the daugh­ter of Charles Brick­ett Had­dock, pro­fess­or at Dart­mouth Col­lege and ne­phew of states­man Dan­i­el Web­ster. She was named af­ter her fat­her’s aunt, Grace Web­ster. She mar­ried law­yer The­o­dore Hins­dale in 1850.

Grace con­trib­ut­ed vers­es and short sketch­es to Scrib­ner’s Ma­ga­zine (when it was known as Hours at Home), the Bos­ton Con­gre­ga­tion­al­ist, the In­de­pen­dent, the Sun­day School Times, and the Chris­tian Union.

Publications

Poem

In the Green Fields of Palestine

In the green fields of Palestine,
By its fountains and its rills,
And by the sacred Jordan’s stream,
And o’er the vine-clad hills.

Once lived and roved the fairest Child
That ever blessed the earth;
The happiest, the holiest
That e’er had human birth.

How beautiful His childhood was
Harmless and undefiled;
Oh! dear to His young mother’s heart
Was this pure, sinless child!

Kindly in all His deeds and words
And gentle as the dove;
Obedient, affectionate,
His very soul was love.

Oh! is it not a blessèd thought,
Children of human birth,
That once the Savior was a child
And lived upon the earth?

Grace Webster Hinsdale
Coming to the King, 1865

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