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1873 : DORA GREENWELL

This is the year in which the hymn ‘And art thou come with us to dwell’ (still found in many hymnals today) first appeared in a collection of religious poetry called Carmina Crucis, by Dorothy ‘Dora’ Greenwell (1821-1882). Greenwell is also known as the author of the hymn whose first two lines read:

I am not skilled to understand
What God has willed, what God has planned.

Greenwell was a poet and essayist who wrote on educational and religious topics, as well as some biography. She was born in county Durham, but has associations with the city of Bristol because she lived in a house on Oakfield Road, Clifton, towards the end of her life. She died in Bristol and is buried in Arnos Vale Cemetery.

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