1812–1893

Born: 1812, Ken­ne­bunk, Maine.

Died: 1893, Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Buried: Mount Au­burn Ce­me­te­ry, Cam­bridge, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Robert was the son of Robert Waterston and Hephzibah Lord, and husband of Anna Cabot Lowell Quincy.

He studied theology at Cambridge, and for five years had charge of a Sunday school for seamen’s children. He was associated for several years with the Pitts Street Unitarian Chapel, Boston; and then pastor for seven years of the Unitarian Church of the Saviour in Boston.

Much of his time was given to literature, and a long list of his papers of various kinds is given in Putnam’s Singers and Songs of the Liberal Faith, 1874. He also interested himself in educational matters.

He contributed one hymn to the American Unitarian Cheshire Pastoral Association Christian Hymns, 1844; to his own popular Supplement to Greenwood’s Psalms and Hymns, 1845, and others to various works.

  1. Ceaseless Aspirations
  2. Crown of Life, The
  3. Genius for Us Has Wrought
  4. Glorious That Faith Which Prompts to Deeds
  5. God of the Soul, Help Us to Revere
  6. Great God in Heaven Above
  7. Great Source of Good, Our God and Friend
  8. Here and Now
  9. I Stand Between the Future and the Past
  10. In Ages Past, Majestic Prophets Came
  11. In Darkest Hours I Hear a Voice
  12. In Each Breeze That Wanders Free
  13. Lord of All, We Bow Before Thee
  14. Nature with Eternal Youth
  15. O God of Light and Love
  16. O Lord of Life, to Thee We Pray
  17. One Bright Flower Has Drooped and Faded
  18. Soul Does Its Own Life to Nature Give, The
  19. Theories Which Thousands Cherish
  20. Thou Who Didst Aid Our Sires to Raise
  21. When Israel’s Host, in Days of Old