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