Born: Ap­ril 9, 1813, Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 7, 1897, Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land.

Pseudonym: H. L. L. (“Hymns from the Land of Lu­ther”)

Borthwick be­longed to the Free Church of Scot­land. In 1855, she and her sis­ter Sarah Find­la­ter co-pro­duced a book of trans­la­tions of Ger­man hymns ti­tled Hymns from the Land of Lu­ther (1854, 1855, 1858 & 1862). In 1875, while liv­ing in Swit­zer­land, she pro­duced ano­ther book of trans­la­tions called Al­pine Lyrics. Borth­wick was al­so ac­tive with the Ed­in­burgh House of Re­fuge, the Mo­ra­vi­an Mis­sion in Lab­ra­dor, and other mis­sion work. She nev­er mar­ried. Her other works in­clude:



  1. And Is the Time Approaching?
  2. Come, Labor On
  3. Hasten the Time Ap­point­ed
  4. Rest, Weary Soul
  5. Thou Knowest, Lord


  1. Alleluia, Fairest Morn­ing
  2. Be Still, My Soul
  3. Hallelujah! Jesus Lives!
  4. Jesus, Still Lead On
  5. Long Hast Thou Wept and Sorrowed
  6. Lord, Remove the Veil Away
  7. How Blessed, from the Bonds of Sin
  8. My Jesus, as Thou Wilt