1825-1864
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October 30, 1825, Bedford Square, London, England.

February 2, 1864, London, England.

Catholic cemetery, Kensal Green, England.

Mary Berwick.

Daughter of poet Bryan Procter, Adelaide began writing hymns after joining the Roman Catholic church in 1851. She became a friend of writer Charles Dickens through her contributions to Household Words:

Dickens speaks of the enthusiasm for doing good that filled his young friend’s heart: ‘Now it the visitation of the sick that had possession of her; now it was the sheltering of the homeless; now it was the elementary teaching of the densely ignorant; now it was the raising up of those who had wandered and got trodden underfoot; now it was the wider employment of her own sex in the general business of life; now it was all these things at once. Perfectly unselfish, swift to sympathize, and eager to relieve, she wrought at such designs with a flushed earnestness that disregarded season, weather, time of day or night, food, rest.’ Under such a strain her health gave way, and after fifteen months of suffering she found her rest.

Telford, pp. 247-48

Procter’s works include:

  1. I Do Not Ask, O Lord
  2. Lost Chord, The
  3. My God, I Thank Thee
  4. One by One the Sands Are Going
  5. Rise, for the Day Is Passing
  6. Shadows of the Evening Hours, The
  7. Strive, Yet I Do Not Promise
  8. Way Is Long and Dreary, The
  9. We Ask for Peace, O Lord