Born: Sep­tem­ber 21, 1845, Bal­ti­more, Mar­y­land.

Died: May 5, 1925, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Buried: Mount Vern­on Cem­e­te­ry, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Daughter of hymn trans­lat­or Charles P. Krauth, Har­ri­et at­tend­ed the Girls’ School in Phil­a­del­phia, and lived in­de­pen­dent­ly as a writ­er. In 1880, she mar­ried Adolph Spaeth, pas­tor of St. Johan­nis Church in Phil­ad­el­phia (and later pres­i­dent of the Gen­er­al Coun­cil of the Lu­ther­an Church in Amer­i­ca). She sang con­tral­to, played the pi­a­no and or­gan, and for ma­ny years was the or­gan­ist at St. Ste­phen’s Church in west Phil­a­del­phia. She pro­vid­ed hymn trans­la­tions for The Church Book (1868), The Sun­day School Hymn­al (1901), and was re­spon­si­ble for the music edition of The Church Book (1872). Ma­ny of her es­says were pub­lished in The Lu­ther­an. When Amer­i­can Lu­ther­ans adopt­ed the Com­mon Serv­ice in 1888, she pre­pared an edi­tion with notes for chant­ing the serv­ice. She worked zeal­ous­ly for the found­ing of the Krauth Me­mor­i­al Lib­rary at the sem­in­ary in Philadelphia, and was ac­tive in the work of the Ma­ry J. Drex­el Home, the Lank­en­au Hos­pi­tal, and the Lu­ther­an Or­phans’ Home in Ger­man­town, Penn­syl­van­ia. Her works in­clude:



  1. As Each Happy Christmas
  2. Glory to God upon His Throne
  3. Lord Jesus Christ, My Savior Blest
  4. Thy Little Ones, Dear Lord, Are We
  5. Ye Lands, to the Lord Make a Jubilant Noise