Annie R. Smith
|Anne Rebekah Smith|
Annie Rebekah Smith, self-portrait
March 16, 1828|
West Wilton, New Hampshire
|Died||July 26, 1855
West Wilton, New Hampshire
|Occupation||Poet and writer|
Annie Rebekah Smith (March 16, 1828 – July 26, 1855) An early American Seventh-day Adventist hymnist, she was the sister of the Adventist pioneer, Uriah Smith. She has ten hymns in the current Seventh-day Adventist Church Hymnal. She died of tuberculosis.
Annie Rebekah Smith was the third child of four children and only daughter of Samuel and Rebekah (Spalding) Smith. She was born in West Wilton, New Hampshire, on Sunday March 16, 1828. At ten years of age, she accepted Jesus as her saviour and joined the Baptist church.
In 1844, she embraced the doctrine of the soon coming of Christ. At sixteen years of age, she experienced the Great Disappointment of October 22, 1844. Afterwards, she lost interest in the Adventist teachings and pursued her favorite occupations of studying and teaching.
Education in Boston
Between 1844 and 1855 she taught in seven district schools. At the same time she furthered her own education in various schools including six terms at the Ladies' Female Seminary in Charlestown, Massachusetts near Boston. At the Charlestown Seminary she trained to be a teacher in Oil Painting and French.
Annie meets Joseph Bates
Sabbatarian Adventist pioneer Joseph Bates met with Annie's mother. He was going to Boston and encouraged her to get Annie to attend the meeting he was conducting there. She went to the meeting, met Bates. This sparked her interest in the sabbatarian Adventist movement.
Working for the Review and Herald
Subsequent to having written and submitted a poem to the Review and Herald, she was recognised by James White as a talented writer. Although her eyesight was not sufficient to work as a copy-editor, she accepted the position. Upon arriving in Saratoga Springs, New York, she was healed through "anointing and prayer"
During the three and a half years before her death, she contributed around 45 articles to the Review and Herald and to the Youth's Instructor. She also wrote how far from home
Annie and John
John Nevins Andrews worked at the Review office during this time. A romance developed between them. Her romance with young Andrews failed to end in marriage, with Andrews instead choosing Angeline Stevens to be his wife. The failure of Andrews to follow through with the marriage prompted Ellen White to write that "Annie's disappointment cost her life."
Annie contracted tuberculosis and returned home. She died from the disease on Thursday July 26, 1855 at her family's home in West Wilton, New Hampshire.
Hymns and Poetry
Some of the hymns she authored include:
- Awake, O, awake, now to life and duty
- Be patient, be patient, no longer despairing
- Blessed Jesus, meek and lowly
- Hail, peaceful day, divinely blest
- He sleeps in Jesus, peaceful rest
- How Far from Home?
- I ask not, Lord, for less to bear, Here in the narrow
- I Saw One Weary
- Long upon the Mountains
- She hath passed death's chilling billow
- This groaning earth is too dark and drear
- Through this dark valley of conflict
- Toil on a little longer here, For thy reward
- Twas a doleful night on Calvary's height
- Weeping endures but for a night
- When darkness gathers round thy way
- "Graybill, Ron. Annie Smith: Her Life and Love". Review and Herald 153 (14): 4–7. April 1, 1976.
- For a picture of the Seminary see Charlestown Female Seminary at Flikr
- Smith, Rebekah. Poems: With a Sketch of the Life and Experience of Annie R Smith. Manchester, N.H.: John B. Clark, 1871 p. 96
- Loughborough, J.N. (1905). The Great Second Advent Movement: Its Rise and Progress. Washington, D.C. Review and Herald Publishing Association. pp. 312-316
- Graybill, Ron. Annie Smith, Her Life and Love. Review and Herald, April 1, 1976, pp. 4-7 Accessed April 10, 2011
- Graybill, Ron. Annie Rebekah Smith, Early Adventist Hymnist. Lest We Forget. Getting to Know the People Who Helped Shape the Seventh-day Adventist Church. An Integrated Unit by Larry Robbins. North American Division Teacher Bulletin. pp. 53-66
- The Blessed Hope: The life and death of Annie Smith. An Adventist Heritage Play Accessed April 10, 2011
- Hymn Time's Annie Rebekah Smith (1828-1855) Accessed April 10, 2011
- Smith, Annie R. (1855) Home Here, and Home in Heaven with other Poems. Rochester, N.Y. Published at the Advent Review Office
- Poems by Annie Rebekah Smith Accessed April 10, 2011
- Smith, Rebekah. Poems: With a Sketch of the Life and Experience of Annie R Smith. Manchester, N.H.: John B. Clark, 1871. Accessed April 11, 2011
- Smith, Rebekah. Poems: With a Sketch of the Life and Experience of Annie R Smith. Manchester, N.H.: John B. Clark, 1871. Archive Facsimile Accessed April 11, 2011
- Nembhard, Judith P. Annie Smith’s Hymns of the Blessed Hope. Review and Herald, August 28, 1986. pp. 12-14. At the time of writing, Judith P. Nembhard was assistant professor of English at Howard University, Washington, D.C.
- Nix, James R. Annie Smith: Pioneer Poet. December 17, 1987, Review and Herald, p. 17.