Born: No­vem­ber 12, 1808, Lit­tle Comp­ton, Rhode Is­land.

Died: March 29, 1887, New­ark, New Jer­sey.

Buried: Al­ba­ny Rur­al Cem­e­te­ry, Me­nands, New York.

Palmer at­tend­ed Phil­lips An­do­ver Acad­e­my (where he and Oli­ver Wen­dell Holmes were class­mates) and Yale Un­i­ver­si­ty. Af­ter Yale, he taught at a young la­dies’ school in New York, then at a girls’ col­lege in New Ha­ven, Con­nec­ti­cut. In 1835, Palmer was or­dained as a Con­gre­ga­tion­al min­is­ter, and pas­tored in Bath, Maine, and Albany, New York, serv­ing 15 years at each lo­ca­tion. Around 1865, he be­came Sec­re­ta­ry of the Con­gre­ga­tion­al Un­ion. Palm­er re­tired in 1878. His works in­clude:



  1. And Is There, Lord, a Rest?
  2. Away from Earth My Spirit Turns
  3. Before Thy Throne with Tearful Eyes
  4. Behold the Shade of Night Is Now Receding
  5. Come, Ho­ly Ghost, in Love
  6. Come, Jesus, Redeemer, Abide Thou with Me
  7. Eternal Father, Thou Hast Said
  8. Fount of Everlasting Love
  9. Ho­ly Ghost, That Promised Came
  10. I Give My Heart to Thee
  11. Jesus, Lamb of God, for Me
  12. Jesus, My Heart with­in Me Burns
  13. Jesus, These Eyes Have Never Seen
  14. Jesus, Thou Joy of Lov­ing Hearts
  15. Lord, My Weak Thought in Vain Would Climb
  16. Lord, Thou Hast Taught Our Hearts to Glow
  17. Lord, Thou on Earth Didst Love Thine Own
  18. Lord, Thou Wilt Bring the Joy­ful Day
  19. Lord, when My Soul Her Se­crets Doth Re­veal
  20. Mid Evening Sha­dows Let us All Be Wak­ing
  21. My Faith Looks Up to Thee
  22. O Christ Our King, Cre­at­or, Lord
  23. O Christ, the Lord of Heav­en, to Thee
  24. O Ho­ly Comforter, I Hear
  25. O Jesus, Sweet the Tears I Shed
  26. O Sweetly Breathe the Lyres Above
  27. Stealing from the World Away
  28. Take Me, O My Father, Take Me
  29. Thou, Savior, from Thy Throne on High
  30. Thine Holy Day’s Returning
  31. Thou Who Roll’st the Year Around
  32. Thy Father’s House! Thine Own Bright Home
  33. Thy Ho­ly Day’s Returning
  34. Wake Thee, O Zion
  35. We Stand in Deep Repentance
  36. When Downward to the Darksome Tomb
  37. When Inward Turns My Searching Gaze
  38. With Thine Own Pity, Savior, See
  39. Wouldst Thu Eternal Life Obtain


  1. O Bread to Pilgrims Given