Sarah Fuller Flower Adams Biography | Poems
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.