Mary Gardiner Brainard

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Mary Gardiner Brainard (June 19, 1837 – November 30, 1905) was an American writer of religious poetry.


Mary Gardiner Brainard was born in New London, Connecticut.[1] She was daughter of William Fowler Brainard (1784-1844), a New London lawyer, whose younger brother was the poet John Gardiner Calkins Brainard, and his second wife Sarah Ann Prentis.[2][3]

Her poem "Not Knowing" first appeared in The Congregationalist, March 1869, and was set to music as a hymn by Philip Paul Bliss in the 1870s.[4]


  1. ^ Lucy Abigail Brainard (1908). The Genealogy of the Brainerd-Brainard Family in America. Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company. p. 94. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Horder, William Garrett, The Treasury of American Sacred Song, 1900, p. 383
  3. ^ Dexter, F. B., Biographical sketches of the graduates of Yale College, 6 vols, 1885-1912
  4. ^ Thomas Corts, Blessed Bliss Archived 2008-02-10 at the Wayback Machine., 2007

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