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Sarah Flower Adams (22 February 1805 – 14 August 1848) was an English poet.

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Sarah Fuller Flower Adams (1805-48) was an English poet. She was born at Great Harlow, Essex, and married William Bridges Adams in 1834. Her longest work is Vivia Perpetua, A Dramatic Poem (1841), having as its subject the early life of the Christians. It is a fine lyrical drama. Vivia's monologue on forswearing Jupiter is especially impressive. Mrs. Adams was the author of several beautiful hymns, among which are "Nearer, my God, to Thee" and "He sendeth sun, He sendeth shower." She was a Unitarian.

Daughter of jour­nal­ist and pol­i­ti­cian Ben­ja­min Flow­er, she mar­ried Wil­liam Bridg­es Ad­ams in 1834. She had hoped to be an ac­tress, but God had other plans for her. Her stage ca­reer was cut short by poor health (though she did get to play La­dy Mac­beth in 1837), so she turned to writ­ing. Her works in­clude ma­ny mag­a­zine ar­ti­cles; a po­em about ear­ly Christ­ian mar­tyrs called Vi­via Per­pe­tua (1841); The Flock at the Foun­tain (1845), a child­ren’s cat­e­chism; and 13 en­tries in Hymns and An­thems, pub­lished in 1841 by min­is­ter Wil­liam John­son Fox. Ad­ams at­tended Fox’s South Place Un­i­tar­i­an Church, Fins­bury, Lon­don.

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