Miss Caroline Maria Noel, 1817-1877

Notes from Dr. Julian's Hymnology:

Miss Noel was the daughter of the Hon. Gerard T. Noel, and niece of the Hon. Baptist W. Noel. She was born in London, April 10th. 1817 and died at 39 Cumberland Place, Hyde Park, Dec. 7th. 1877. Her first hymn "Draw nigh unto my soul", (Indwelling) was written when she was 17. During the next three years she wrote about a dozen pieces. From 20 years of age to 40 she wrote nothing; and during the next 20 years the rest of her pieces were written. The first edition of her composition was published as "The Name of Jesus and other Verses for the Sick and Lonely" in 1861. This was enlarged from time to time and subsequently changed by the publishers to "The Name of Jesus and other Poems". The 1878 edition contains 78 pieces. Miss Noel, in common with Miss Charlotte Elliott, was a great sufferer, and many of these verses were the outcome of her days of pain. They are specially adapted "for the sick and lonely" and were written rather for private meditation than for public use, although several are suited for the latter purpose. Her best known hymn is the "Processional for Ascension Day, At the Name of Jesus". It is in the enlarged edition of "The Name of Jesus, etc. 1870" page 59 and is dated 1870 by the family.

Miss Noel's hymn in 'Spiritual Songs' is no. 500, "At the Name of Jesus, Every knee shall bow". This is a beautiful hymn of praise and reverence to the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hymns by Miss Caroline Maria Noel