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