Sarah Doudney

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Sarah Doudney (an inscription signed by Doudney appears beneath the portrait engraving).

Sarah Doudney (15 January 1841, Portsea, Hampshire8 December 1926, Oxford) was an English novelist and poet, best known as a children's writer and hymnwriter.


  • The pure, the beautiful, the bright,
    That stirred our hearts in youth,
    The impulse to a wordless prayer,
    The dreams of love and truth,
    The longings after something lost,
    The spirit’s yearning cry,
    The strivings after better hopes,—
    These things can never die.
    • Poem: Things that never die, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • I send thee pansies while the year is young,
    Yellow as sunshine, purple as the night;
    Flowers of remembrance, ever fondly sung
    By all the chiefest of the Sons of Light.
    • Poem: Pansies.
  • And a proverb haunts my mind
    As a spell is cast,
    "The mill cannot grind
    With the water that is past."
    • Poem: Lesson of the Water-Mill.
  • But the waiting time, my brothers,
    Is the hardest time of all.
    • Psalms of Life: The Hardest Time of All.

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