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)