Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.
Critical and Biographical Essay by Alfred H. Miles
Ann and Jane Taylor
HYMNS for the Nursery (1806) and Hymns for Infant Minds (1809), both by Ann and Jane Taylor, deserve mention, as early attempts to reach the child-level in simple verse. Besides these works the sisters collaborated in Original Poems (1805), and Ann, afterwards Mrs. Gilbert (17821866), published separately Hymns for Sunday-School Anniversaries (1827) and Hymns for Infant Schools (1827), Jane (17831824) publishing separately Display: a Tale (1815) and Essays in Rhyme (1816). Jane also contributed to the annuals and to the Youths Magazine, from which a number of her essays were reprinted as the posthumous contributions of Q. Q. in 1824. An authorised edition of the Hymns was published by Mrs. Gilberts son, Josiah Gilbert, the artist, in 1886. Of these, those of Mrs. Gilbert are the stronger, the best being Great God, and wilt Thou condescend, Jesus, who lived above the sky, and Lo, at noon tis sudden night. Of Janes hymns, There is a path that leads to God and When daily I kneel down to pray are perhaps the best. Her Essays in Rhyme are interesting and well written, her poem The Squires Pew having a pathos in it which has not altogether evaporated with the years. The following is from the pen of Mrs. Gilbert.