Indelible Grace Hymnbook

Ray Palmer

Born: No­vem­ber 12, 1808, Lit­tle Comp­ton, Rhode Is­land.

Died: March 29, 1887, New­ark, New Jer­sey.

Buried: Al­ba­ny Rur­al Cem­e­te­ry, Me­nands, New York.

Palmer at­tend­ed Phil­lips An­do­ver Acad­e­my (where he and Oli­ver Wen­dell Holmes were class­mates) and Yale Un­i­ver­si­ty. Af­ter Yale, he taught at a young la­dies’ school in New York, then at a girls’ col­lege in New Ha­ven, Con­nec­ti­cut. In 1835, Pal­mer was or­dained as a Con­gre­ga­tion­al min­is­ter, and pas­tored in Bath, Maine, and Al­ba­ny, New York, serv­ing 15 years at each lo­ca­tion. Around 1865, he be­came Sec­re­ta­ry of the Con­gre­ga­tion­al Un­ion. Pal­mer re­tired in 1878. His works in­clude:

Memoirs and Se­lect Re­mains of Charles Pond, 1829
The Spir­it’s Life, a Po­em, 1837
How to Live, or Mem­oirs of Mrs. C. L. Wat­son, 1839
Doctrinal Text Book, 1839
Spiritual Im­prove­ment, 1839; re­pub­lished as Clo­set Hours, 1851
What Is Truth? or Hints on the For­ma­tion of Re­li­gious Opin­ions, 1860
Remember Me, or The Ho­ly Com­mun­ion (Bos­ton, Mass­a­chu­setts: The Amer­i­can Tract So­ci­e­ty, 1865)
Hymns and Sac­red Pieces, with Mis­cel­la­ne­ous Po­ems, 1865
Hymns of My Ho­ly Hours, and Other Pieces, 1868
Home, or the Un­lost Par­a­dise, 1873
Complete Po­et­i­cal Works, 1876
Voices of Hope and Glad­ness, 1881

Source: The Cyber Hymnal