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1850 : ANNA LAETITIA WARING

In this year the hymn ‘In heavenly love abiding’ was first published in a collection entitled Hymns and Meditations. The collection was written and compiled by Anna Laetitia Waring (1823-1910). Waring was born in 1823 and has strong links to the city of Bristol (she lived on Pembroke Road, Clifton), where she died and was buried in Arnos Vale Cemetery in 1910. She was a prolific writer and published several anthologies and books during her lifetime, and was well-known in Bristol as a visitor of prisons.

‘In heavenly love abiding’ is the most enduring of her hymns. It is mostly sung to the tune PENLAN by David Jenkins (1848-1915). Another one of her hymns which is still sung is Father, I know that all my life’.

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