No­vem­ber 12, 1808, Lit­tle Comp­ton, Rhode Is­land.

March 29, 1887, New­ark, New Jer­sey.

Al­ba­ny Rur­al Cem­e­tery, Me­nands, New York.


Pal­mer at­tend­ed Phil­lips An­do­ver Aca­de­my (where he and Ol­iv­er Wen­dell Holmes were class­mates) and Yale Un­i­ver­si­ty. Af­ter Yale, he taught at a young la­dies’ school in New York, then at a girls’ col­lege in New Ha­ven, Con­nec­ti­cut.

In 1835, Pal­mer was or­dained as a Con­gre­ga­tion­al min­is­ter, and past­ored in Bath, Maine, and Al­ba­ny, New York, ser­ving 15 years at each lo­ca­tion. Around 1865, he be­came Sec­re­ta­ry of the Con­gre­ga­tion­al Uni­on. Pal­mer re­tired in 1878. His works in­clude:

  1. And Is There, Lord, a Rest?
  2. Away from Earth My Spir­it Turns
  3. Before Thy Throne with Tear­ful Eyes
  4. Behold the Shade of Night Is Now Re­ced­ing
  5. Come, Ho­ly Ghost, in Love
  6. Come, Je­sus, Re­deem­er
  7. Come, O Thou Migh­ty Sav­ior
  8. Eternal Fa­ther, Migh­ty Lord
  9. Eternal Fa­ther, Thou Hast Said
  10. Fount of Ev­er­last­ing Love
  11. Holy Ghost, That Pro­mised Came
  12. I Give My Heart to Thee
  13. In the Sha­dow of the Rock
  14. Jesus, Lamb of God, for Me
  15. Jesus, My Heart With­in Me Burns
  16. Jesus, These Eyes Have Ne­ver Seen
  17. Jesus, Thou Joy of Lov­ing Hearts
  18. Let Me Fly to Je­sus’ Arms
  19. Lord, My Weak Thought in Vain Would Climb
  20. Lord, Thou Hast Taught Our Hearts to Glow
  21. Lord, Thou on Earth Didst Love Thine Own
  22. Lord, Thou Wilt Bring the Joy­ful Day
  23. Lord, When My Soul Her Sec­rets Doth Re­veal
  24. Mid Ev­en­ing Sha­dows Let Us All Be Waking
  25. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
  26. My God, Though Far Above Thy Thought
  27. O Christ Our King, Cre­at­or, Lord
  28. O Christ, the Lord of Hea­ven, to Thee
  29. O Holy Com­for­ter, I Hear
  30. O Jesus, Sweet the Tears I Shed
  31. O Sweet­ly Breathe the Lyres Above
  32. Oh! Long and Dark­some Was the Night
  33. Smile, O My God, on Me
  34. Stealing from the World Away
  35. Take Me, O My Fa­ther, Take Me
  36. Thou, Sav­ior, from Thy Throne on High
  37. Thine Ho­ly Day’s Re­turn­ing
  38. Thou Who Roll’st the Year Around
  39. Thine Ho­ly Day’s Re­turn­ing
  40. Thy Fa­ther’s House
  41. Thy Ho­ly Will, My God, Be Mine
  42. Wake Thee, O Zi­on
  43. When Down­ward to the Dark­some Tomb
  44. When In­ward Turns My Search­ing Gaze
  45. With Thine Own Pi­ty, Sav­ior, See
  46. Wouldst Thou Eter­nal Life Ob­tain?
  1. O Bread to Pil­grims Given
  2. We Stand in Deep Re­pen­tance

where to get a pho­to of Palmer (pho­to­graph­er Na­po­le­on Sa­ro­ny re­port­ed­ly made a por­trait of him)