February 5, 1854, New Marlborough, Massachusetts.

October 13, 1916, Manhattan, Kansas.

Wabaunsee Cemetery, Wabaunsee, Kansas.


Daughter of Mr. and Edward A. Pixley, but orphaned as an infant, Laura was adopted by her aunt, then Mrs. Hiram Mabie, who at the time lived in New York. In 1858, the Mabie family moved to a farm south of where Wamego, Kansas, now stands. Two years after the move, Mr. Mabie died, and his wife resumed teaching.

In 1860, Mrs. Mabie accepted a position in Topeka, Kansas, where she taught many years. Under her tutelage, Laura received her education. As early as age 12, Laura was writing rhymes, and two years later her poems began to appear in local newspapers. She had no thought of a literary career; she simply wrote to give vent to her poetical mind.

In 1871, Laura married Lauren Newell, a carpenter from Manhattan, Kansas. They had at least six children, and belonged to the Congregational denomination.

In 1873, Laura was listening to an address by a speaker who lamented the death of genuine hymns, and she resolved to try her hand in that line of work. That began a long period of writing songs, sacred and secular, services for all anniversary occasions, cantatas, adapting words to music, and music to words.

Mrs. Newell is indeed a prolific writer. Her poems number in the thousands. She has had over eight hundred poems published in a single year, a most remarkable record. The great ease with which Mrs. Newell writes is one of her special gifts. Not long since an order, accompanied by music and titles, was sent her for eight poems to suit. At seven o’clock in the evening she sat down to her organ to catch the music. Then she went to her desk, and at ten o’clock the order was ready for the return mail. Her work pleased the publisher so well that he sent her an order for forty-eight additional poems. Mrs. Newell writes several hundred poems annually.

She is a very modest and unpretentious lady, and goes about her daily work as cheerfully as her poems advise others to do. The deeply religious character of the woman stands out boldly in nearly all her work. The next world is apparently as real to her as the present. Her heart is in her work, and to the end of life’s chapter, while able, may she wield her pen to tell the Story to dear to her heart, in verse and song.

Hall, pp. 316–17

  1. Adown Life’s Vale We Wander
  2. All For the Savior Who Loves Us
  3. All the World Should Hear the Message
  4. Any Sacrifice For Jesus
  5. Are You Laying Up Your Treasure?
  6. Are You Looking For an Answer?
  7. Are You Ready For the Judgment?
  8. Are You Ready For the Reaper?
  9. Arise, Away, ’Tis the Master’s Call
  10. As Priceless Pearls to You
  11. As the Life of a Flower
  12. As Thy Days Thy Strength Shall Be
  13. As We Labor In the Vineyard Day by Day
  14. At the Master’s Feet I’m kneeling
  15. Awake, Arise, and Greet the Morn
  16. Be Faithful While Journeying Onward
  17. Be Strong In Jehovah, the Mighty
  18. Beautiful, Beautiful Story of Jesus, The
  19. Beautiful Children’s Day
  20. Beautiful Day When the Savior Was Mine
  21. Beautiful Homeland
  22. Beautiful Sabbath Morning
  23. Beautiful Story of Jesus, The
  24. Beautiful Words He Hath Spoken
  25. Because Our Father Loved Us So
  26. Behold the Lord, the Risen
  27. Beyond the Sunset Bare
  28. Blessed Jesus, Loving Savior
  29. Blest Jesus, Dear Savior, We Consecrate Now
  30. Borne upon Hope’s Golden
  31. Breathe upon Us, Holy Spirit
  32. Brighter and Brighter the Way to Life’s Close
  33. Brightly Beaming O’er the Way
  34. Bring All Your Cares to Jesus
  35. Bring Ye the Beautiful Lilies
  36. By and By, We All Shall
  37. By the Cross of Jesus
  38. By Waters Still and Peaceful
  39. Can We Be Lovers of Pleasure
  40. Carols of Junetide
  41. Carry All Your Woe to Jesus
  42. Cast All Your Cares on Jesus
  43. Catch the Sunbeams e’er They Vanish
  44. Child Whose Dainty Golden Curls, A
  45. Children Join the Chorus
  46. Children Sing, Sweetly Sing
  47. Christ Is Coming By and By
  48. Christ Is Risen, Proclaim the Message
  49. Christ the Conqueror Lives
  50. Christ the Lord Will Be the Hope
  51. Christian Soldiers Bound
  52. Christian Soldiers, on Life’s Rugged Road
  53. City Lies Beyond the Blue, A
  54. Clean Hands, Pure Hearts
  55. Clear the Beacon Light Is Gleaming
  56. Come, All Ye Children, Chant
  57. Come Happy Children, Chant
  58. Come to Jesus If the Sunlight
  59. Come to Me, All Ye So Weary
  60. Come, What May of Joy Or Sorrow
  61. Come with a Message from Jesus
  62. Consider the Lilies, They Toil Not
  63. Crown of Thorns the Savior Wears, A
  64. Christmas Bells Peal Forth, The
  65. Crumbs from the Master’s Table, The
  66. Day by Day, with Noiseless Tread
  67. Days, How They Glide, The
  68. Days, These Autumn Days So Rare
  69. Dear Children, Two Paths Are Before You
  70. Dear Jesus, Thy Children Who Love Thee
  71. Do I Stand on the Rock?
  72. Do You Hear His Message?
  73. Door of the Fold Is Jesus, The
  74. Door of the Kingdom Is Open, The
  75. Fairest ’Mong Ten Thousand
  76. Faithful to Jesus, O May I Be Found
  77. Far, Far from Home, the Night Is Coming On
  78. Far On, O, Bravely, Steadfast
  79. Fearlessly with Him to Guide
  80. Flash of Light, A
  81. Forgive, and Be Forgiven
  82. Founded on the Rock Christ Jesus
  83. Fountain, a Clear Flowing, A
  84. From Step to Step He Doth
  85. Gaily Sing, Gaily Sing
  86. Gather the Sheaves For the Master
  87. Gathering Golden Sheaves
  88. Gathering Pearls For the Master
  89. Glory, Glory, In the Highest
  90. Glory In the Highest, Hear the Grand Refrain
  91. Go and Seek For Souls Astray
  92. Go, Search In the Highways and Byways
  93. Go Tell the World That the Christ Is Come
  94. Go Tell Them of Jesus
  95. God Bless the Little Ones
  96. God of Our Salvation, Grant Thy Love Divine
  97. God’s Love Illumes
  98. God’s Spirit Strives with Me
  99. Gospel Invitation, The
  100. Grave Where Is Thy Victory?
  101. Hail, Glorious Day So Long Foretold
  102. Hail, Prince of Peace, All Hail
  103. Hail, Star Divine, O Wondrous Light
  104. Hallelujah to the Lord! See Christ In Glory Rise
  105. Happy Children of the King
  106. Happy Hearts to Love
  107. Happy, Joyous Band Are We, A
  108. Happy Land of Rest
  109. Hark, I Hear a Shout Along the Line
  110. Hark, the Message of Salvation
  111. Have a Purpose, Do Not Waver
  112. Have You Heard the Blessed Message?
  113. Have You Heard the Savior?
  114. Have You Heard the Wondrous Story?
  115. Have You Left All Your Sins At the Cross?
  116. He Calls Us One by One
  117. He Doth Lead Me Day by Day
  118. He Giveth His Beloved Sleep
  119. He Is Calling, Gently Calling
  120. He Is Knocking At Your Heart
  121. He Is Pleading Today
  122. He Is Risen
  123. He Is Risen, Proclaim the Story
  124. He Stands At the Door, At the Door of Your Heart
  125. Hear the Call, Blessed Call
  126. Hear the Savior’s Invitation
  127. Hearken to the Message, Sent from Heaven Above
  128. His Eye Is Ever Watching
  129. Holy Memories Round Thee Clusters
  130. How Can Ye Doubt, But Come with Me
  131. How Life’s Trials and Temptations
  132. How Sweet Are Thy Words to My Taste
  133. I Am Coming Back to Jesus
  134. I Am Listening For His Footfall
  135. I Am Nearing Scenes Celestial
  136. I Am So Happy For Jesus Is Mine
  137. I Am the Light, Our Savior Said
  138. I Am Trusting Day by Day In His Word
  139. I Am Waiting For a Message
  140. I Can Hear My Savior’s Gentle Voice
  141. I Cannot Drift Beyond His Love
  142. I Gave My Heart to Jesus
  143. I Have a Hope, Blessed Hope
  144. I Know His Voice, My Shepherd’s Voice
  145. I Know Not the Hour of His Coming
  146. I Know Not the Way I Shall
  147. I Know Not When My Barque Shall Sail
  148. I Know That All My Sins Are Gone
  149. I Know That My Redeemer Liveth, and I with Him
  150. I Know We Shall Meet
  151. I May Not See My Onward Path
  152. I Need Not Know How Christ Can Save
  153. I Rejoice In the Love
  154. I Was Carrying a Burden
  155. I Will Be Glad and Rejoice In Thy Love
  156. I Will Leave All My Past At the Cross
  157. I Will Take Away Their Sins
  158. If Dark the Thorny Way
  159. If the Master Should Call
  160. If Waiting Or Sleeping
  161. I’ll Always Have Jesus Beside Me
  162. I’ll Anchor Safe At Home
  163. I’ll Sing Away My Sorrow
  164. I’m Always Rejoicing, For Jesus Is Mine
  165. I’m Safe In the Rift of the Rock
  166. I’m Waiting In the Borderland
  167. I’m Watching the Sunset
  168. In Our Dear Blessed Cause We Are Workers Today
  169. In Sweet Content and Thankfulness
  170. In the Brightness of His Glory
  171. In the Fold of Christ the Shepherd
  172. In the Golden By and By
  173. In the Light of the Cross Do I Labor
  174. In the Rock I’m Safely Resting
  175. In the Sunshine of His Love Let Us Live
  176. In Youth’s Bright Days We Come
  177. Is Christ Your King
  178. Is It Well with My Soul
  179. I’ve a Message Sweet and Tender
  180. I’ve Heard Such a Wonderful Story
  181. I’ve Sailed Till the Sunset
  182. Jesus Calls For Workers, Faithful, Loyal
  183. Jesus Calls Us
  184. Jesus Doth Call Today
  185. Jesus Is Seeking the Lost Ones Today
  186. Jesus Leads the Way to Glory
  187. Jesus Loves Me I Know
  188. Jesus Loves the Little Ones, Even
  189. Jesus, My Savior, Is Pleading with Me
  190. Jesus Never Will Forsake Me
  191. Jesus, Our Refuge
  192. Jesus, Tender Shepherd
  193. Jesus, the Conqueror, Reigns
  194. Jewels For Thy Diadem
  195. Jewels In Thy Diadem
  196. Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy In the Portals of Glory
  197. Joyfully on Toward His Palace
  198. Just Now Blessed Jesus Is Calling
  199. Keep Our Hearts Pure, Blessed Savior
  200. Let Us Look to Jesus
  201. Let Us Ne’er Be Deceived
  202. Let Us Work For Jesus
  203. Let Your Words Awake Sweet Echoes
  204. Light Shines O’er the earth, A
  205. Light Shines on My Pilgrim Way, A
  206. Like As a Father, He Pities
  207. Little Children, Come to Jesus
  208. Long Long from the Fold
  209. Lord Doth Reign, Let Earth Rejoice, The
  210. Lord of Life Is Knocking, The
  211. Lord of the Harvest, The
  212. Love of Christ So Full, The
  213. Many Souls Wait In Darkness Appalling
  214. Marching On, Rejoicing, Happy
  215. Marching on to Zion
  216. Marching Onward, All
  217. Master Has Lent Us a Season, The
  218. May God Be with You Everyday
  219. May I with the Faithful Be Found
  220. Merciful Lord Is My Shepherd, The
  221. Merry, Merry Birds
  222. Messages from Home, Sweet Home
  223. Messiah Is Come to Redeem Us
  224. Morn Is Come, the Night Is Past, The
  225. My Father Reigns In Heaven
  226. My Savior Bled on Calvary
  227. My Soul Is Safely Anchored
  228. My Trust Is Stayed on Thee, O Lord
  229. My Weary Heart Is Filled with Pain
  230. My Weary Heart Was Troubled
  231. Myself I Bring to Jesus
  232. Near to Thy Cross, O Christ
  233. Neath the Banner of the Cross
  234. No Hope Outside of Jesus
  235. No One But Jesus Can Know
  236. No Tears May Fall In Yonder Home
  237. Now and Forever Thine Would We Be
  238. Now Is the Time to Serve Him
  239. Now the Good Shepherd Is Calling His Sheep
  240. O Come to the Fountain, Ye Weary
  241. O Free Is Salvation
  242. O Gather the Gems In Your Pathway
  243. O Glory Land I Long
  244. O Home of the Ransomed
  245. O I Would Sing of Jesus
  246. O Jesus, Our Savior, to Thee We Pray
  247. O Let Your Light Shine In the Darkness
  248. O Lord, We Approach Thee
  249. O Pilgrim So Lonely and Weary
  250. O Tell Me of Christ and His Wonderful Love
  251. O Tell Me the Story
  252. O the Mansions Over Yonder
  253. O the White Robed Throng
  254. O the Wondrous Love of Jesus, and the Glory
  255. O to Serve Him Truly
  256. O What Shall Your Influence Be?
  257. O Who Will Bear Witness?
  258. O’er Life’s Restless Stormy Billows
  259. O Hear Him, Tenderly He Calls
  260. O List to the Call
  261. O Wondrous Love!
  262. Oh, Let Your Light Shine
  263. On the Throne of My Heart
  264. One by One, Our Dear Ones Gone Before Us
  265. One with Christ, Lord Would I Be
  266. Only a Few More Shadows
  267. Only Jesus, Blessed Jesus
  268. Onward March Toward the Better Land
  269. Out At Sea and Tempest Tossed
  270. Out of the Shadow and Darkness
  271. Pilgrim In Life’s Dreary, A
  272. Pilgrim on Earthland, A
  273. Proclaim the Gospel Tidings
  274. Rejoice and Be Glad, All Ye Faithful
  275. Rejoice, Rejoice, the Lord Is King
  276. Render to Caesar His Rightful Due
  277. Ring, Ring, Joyously, Loudly, Ring
  278. Ring, Ring, Ring, Salute
  279. Ring the Bells Cheerily, Loud Be Their Chime
  280. Rise Above Your Troubles
  281. Same Old Story Sweet, The
  282. Saved by Believing Only Believing
  283. Savior, I Am Clinging
  284. Savior, Thy Little Ones
  285. Scatter the Sunshine Wherever You
  286. Seek Him Today, Seek Him
  287. Send Afar the Gospel Tidings
  288. Shout, Shout the Gospel Song
  289. Sing Aloud, Proclaim It Wide
  290. Sing, Children, Sing of the Heavenly King
  291. Sinner, Just Now
  292. Sleeping In Jesus, Never to Waken
  293. Softly the Bells on the Sabbath Air
  294. Some Day, Some Sunny Day
  295. Somewhere ’tis Always Morning
  296. Souls Are Waiting
  297. Souls, Awake, Delay No Longer
  298. Speak a Word For Jesus Now
  299. Stand by the Right, Be Undaunted
  300. Steadfastly Walking My Savior With
  301. Step by Step We Near His Heavenly Kingdom
  302. Story of His Love, The
  303. Striving to Follow the Footsteps of Jesusy
  304. Suffer the Children to Come Unto Me
  305. Sunshine, Golden Sunshine
  306. Sweet Peace Is Theirs Who Love Thy Law
  307. Take Me, Savior, Keep Me Near Thee
  308. Take Up Your Cross For Jesus
  309. There Is a Blissful Home
  310. There Is a Land Beyond the Sky, a Sunny Land of Perfect Day
  311. There Is a Word We All Have Heard
  312. There Is Deadly Peril Lurking
  313. There Is Joy In My Soul, Jesus’ Pardon Makes Me Whole
  314. There Is Joy, Joy, Joy
  315. There Is No Joy But In Jesus
  316. There Is No Other Way But the Path
  317. There’s a Beautiful Faith
  318. There’s a Beautiful Faith Newell, Laura E.
  319. There’s a Bright Sunny Land Over Yonder
  320. There’s a Fountain, a Clear Flowing Fountain
  321. There’s a Home That Awaits on That Radiant Shore
  322. There’s a Light, a Heavenly Light
  323. There’s a Light That Shines For Me
  324. There’s a Message of Salvation
  325. There’s a Song, Sweet Song, Sung In Realms Above
  326. There’s a Star of Such Radiant Beauty
  327. There’s a Star That Shines For Me
  328. There’s a Story, a Beautiful Story
  329. There’s a Story I Would Tell
  330. There’s a Story Sweet and Old, New Whenever It Is Told
  331. There’s a Voice That Is Calling Today
  332. There’s a Way That Leads to Glory
  333. There’s a Way, the Way of Life
  334. There’s a Wondrous, Wondrous Story
  335. There’s a Work, a Work That We All May Do
  336. There’s Light on the Way
  337. There’s Love and Peace and Joy
  338. They Are Coming, They Are Coming (Newell)
  339. They That Sow In Tears
  340. They’re Waiting In the Land of Light
  341. Though He Slay Me, I Will Trust Him
  342. Thou Art My God, on Thee I Call
  343. Thou Art the Way, and I Resign
  344. Thou Knowest That I Love
  345. Thou, O Lord, Art My Redeemer
  346. Though We Labor In His
  347. ’Tis Ever Summer In My Heart
  348. To a Better Land, and an Heavenly
  349. To Jesus, Our Savior, Our Young
  350. To Souls Who Are Waiting
  351. To Thy Cross We Cling, O Blessed Savior
  352. Touch Our Hearts, O Blessed Savior
  353. Touch the Harp Gently
  354. Trusting In His Word of Promise
  355. ’Twas For Me That Jesus Came to Earth to Live
  356. Under His Banner We March Today
  357. Under the Breeze of Heaven We Sail
  358. Unless I Tell the Story of Christ the King
  359. Unto Christ I Bring My Burdens
  360. Up and Be Doing For Jesus
  361. Voice from Heaven, A
  362. Voice Is Ringing Sweet, A
  363. Wages of Sin Is Death, The
  364. Walking Close to Jesus, Feeding on His Word
  365. Walking, Savior, Close to Thee
  366. We Are Almost to the City
  367. We Are Coming, Coming Home
  368. We Are Coming to the Fold
  369. We Are Going Home to the Promised Land
  370. We Are His People, His Sheep Hear His Voice
  371. We Are Little Soldiers (Newell)
  372. We Are Out upon Life’s Ocean
  373. We Are Sailing on Life’s Rough Tempestuous Ocean
  374. We Are Striving For a Crown
  375. We Are Toiling, Gladly
  376. We Are Waiting For the Dawning
  377. We Are Waiting, Waiting For the Day
  378. We Are Workers For the King
  379. We Are Workers In the Master’s Vineyard
  380. We Can Scatter As We Go
  381. We Have Harken’d to Thy Tender Invitation
  382. We Have Hearkened
  383. We Know That the Moment
  384. We Read In Sacred Story
  385. We Shall Anchor In the Harbor
  386. We Shall Read Life’s Pages
  387. We Shall Rest When Toils Are Ended
  388. We Sing the Beautiful Songs of Zion
  389. We Would Sing of Jesus
  390. Weary Heart, O Cease Repining
  391. Welcome, One and All
  392. We’ll Gather the Blossoms Wherever We Stray
  393. We’re a Band of Soldiers Under Orders
  394. We’re a Happy, Happy Band
  395. We’re Looking For a Brighter Time
  396. We’re Nearing the Valley
  397. We’re on Our Journey Homeward
  398. We’re Soldiers of the Cross of Christ
  399. What Hast Thou Done For Jesus?
  400. What Have I Done For Jesus?
  401. What Is My Rank In the Army of God?
  402. What Shall I Say In the Judgment Day?
  403. What Will Your Record Be?
  404. When He Maketh Up His Jewels
  405. When Life’s Sunshine and Its
  406. When My Work Is Done, and Life’s Setting Sun
  407. When Our Feet Shall Stand
  408. When the Clouds Give Place
  409. When the Fading Gleams
  410. When the Journey Toilsome Grows
  411. When the Shining Gates Unfold
  412. When the Years That Are
  413. When Thou Shalt Appear
  414. When We All Get Home When We All Get Home
  415. Where the Gates Are Opened by Day
  416. Where the Gates by Day Are Opened
  417. While He Is Calling, Graciously Calling
  418. White Wings of Peace to Bless Our Way
  419. Who Can Count the Mercies That Our God Bestows
  420. Who Is with Us Every Day
  421. Why the Way Is Hedged
  422. Will the Savior Be Waiting to Welcome Me Home
  423. With Hearts Full of Gladness This Beautiful Day
  424. With Joy We Hail This Day
  425. With the Pure In Heart Abiding
  426. Within the Shining Gates
  427. Work Time Is Passing
  428. Working For Jesus My Savior and King
  429. Working For Jesus Our Savior Each Day
  430. Yet There Is Room For Thy Small Feet

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