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Birth of Anna B. [Bartlett] Warner, New England hymnwriter, on Long Island, New York. Daughter of a prominent New York Lawyer, she never married, but made her home with her older sister Susan and their father near the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

During her lifetime (she died at the age of 95) she published two collections of verse. She wrote a verse in 1860 within the pages of a novel she coauthored with her sister: Say and Seal, which has long since gone out of print. But her poem has become one of the most beloved of all children’s hymns in the church: Jesus Loves Me, This I Know.

[Note: This is part of a series on tidbits of church history, taken from An Almanac of the Christian Church by William D. Blake. Click here to see the whole series.]

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