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Elizabeth Payson Prentiss (26 October 1818 — 13 August 1878) was an author, well known for her hymn "More Love to Thee, O Christ" and the didactic story Stepping Heavenward (1869). Some of her verses were recently compiled in a book published by Solid Ground Christian Books ( Golden Hours: Heart-hymns of the Christian Life).

She was born and raised in Portland, Maine, United States, the fifth of eight children (only six survived) of the eminent Congregationalist pastor Edward Payson. The influences of New England Christianity, consisting of the inherited Puritan foundation with added evangelistic, missional, and philanthropic elements, were evident in the Payson family. From an early age, Elizabeth exhibited sharp mental abilities, deep and indiscriminatory sympathy, and an exceptional perceptiveness. Combined, these traits made her an ideal author, not only of instructive children's books, but also of characteristically warm and insightful letters to family and a wide circle of friends. As a young woman, she published some of her children's stories and poems in "The Youth's Companion," a New England religious periodical. In 1838, she opened a small girls' school in her home and took up a Sabbath-school class as well. Two years later, she left for Richmond, VA, to be a department head at a girls' boarding school.

In 1845, she married George Lewis Prentiss, a brother of her dear friend Anna Prentiss Stearns, to whom are addressed some of her warmest and most intimate letters. The Prentisses settled in New Bedford, MA, where George became pastor of South Trinitarian Church. After a happy time of transitioning into the duties of a pastor's wife and a housewife, within a period of three months she lost her second and third children — one as a newborn, one at age four. She wrote this poem in that year, 1852, on the occasion of the baby's death:

I thought that prattling boys and girlsWould fill this empty room;That my rich heart would gather flowersFrom childhood's opening bloom.

One child and two green graves are mine,This is God's gift to me;A bleeding, fainting, broken heart...This is my gift to Thee.

Though she continually struggled with poor health, Mrs. Prentiss went on to have three more healthy children. After Rev. Prentiss resigned his charge in New York, the family went abroad to Europe for a couple of years, returned to New York (where Rev. Prentiss pastored the Church of the Covenant), and eventually settled in Dorset, VT, where Mrs. Prentiss would die in 1878 at the age of 60.

After her death, Rev. Prentiss published The Life and Letters of Elizabeth Prentiss (1882), for the purpose of fulfilling his wife's wish that the more costly experiences of her life could be used for the consolation of others. Mrs. Prentiss's peculiar trials enabled her to sympathize even more deeply with those who suffered such that, later in life, she declared that she loved the house of mourning better than the house of feasting (see Ecclesiastes 7:2).

Mrs. Prentiss had six children, of whom four survived.
  • Annie, b. 1845
  • Eddy b. 1848 & d. 1852
  • Bessie b. & d. 1852
  • M., a girl, b. 1854
  • G., a boy, b. fall 1857
  • Henry ("Swiss boy"), b. 1859

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Total Books: 110
Little Susy's Little Servants
2014 - Little Susy's Little Servants (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781499105995
ISBN-10: 1499105991
Genre: Children's Books

The Home at Greylock
2014 - The Home at Greylock (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781941281031
ISBN-10: 1941281036
Genre: Christian Books & Bibles

Stepping Heavenward with Study Questions
Aunt Jane's Hero
2013 - Aunt Jane's Hero (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781935626947
ISBN-10: 1935626949
Genre: Christian Books & Bibles

The Little Preacher
2013 - The Little Preacher (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781610101905
ISBN-10: 1610101901
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Christian Books & Bibles

Stepping Heavenward
2013 - Stepping Heavenward (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781599253398
ISBN-10: 1599253399
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Christian Books & Bibles

Little Suzy's Six Birthdays
2012 - Little Suzy's Six Birthdays [Volume 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780985470807
ISBN-10: 0985470801
Genre: Children's Books

Gentleman Jim
2010 - Gentleman Jim [1878] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781161704426
ISBN-10: 1161704426

Little Susy's Six Teachers
2010 - Little Susy's Six Teachers (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781145039827
ISBN-10: 1145039820
Genre: Teen & Young Adult

The Flower of the Family A Book for Girls
2010 - The Flower of the Family a Book for Girls (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780217951289
ISBN-10: 0217951287

The Life and Letters of Elizabeth Prentiss
2010 - The Life and Letters of Elizabeth Prentiss (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781143634536
ISBN-10: 1143634535
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction

The Percys
2010 - The Percys [1870] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781120914019
ISBN-10: 1120914019
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Urban and His Friends
2010 - Urban and His Friends (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781142791384
ISBN-10: 1142791386

How Sorrow Was Changed Into Sympathy Words of Cheer for Mothers Bereft of Little Children Ed by GL Prentiss
Golden Hours Hymns and Songs of the Christian Life
2010 - Golden Hours Hymns and Songs of the Christian Life (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141724437
ISBN-10: 114172443X

Little Susy'S Birthdays by Her Aunt Susan
2010 - Little Susy's Birthdays By Her Aunt Susan (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781141384112
ISBN-10: 1141384116

Nidworth and His Three Magic Wands
2009 - Nidworth and His Three Magic Wands (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780217184465
ISBN-10: 0217184464

The Flower of the Family by the Author of 'little Susy's Six Birth Days'
2009 - The Flower of the Family By the Author of 'little Susy's Six Birth Days' (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151116413
ISBN-10: 1151116416

The Life of Elizabeth Prentiss Author of Stepping Heavenward
2009 - The Life of Elizabeth Prentiss Author of Stepping Heavenward (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151199645
ISBN-10: 1151199648

The Little Preacher by the Author of 'stepping Heavenward'
2009 - The Little Preacher By the Author of 'stepping Heavenward' (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151674630
ISBN-10: 115167463X

Little Threads
2009 - Little Threads (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781151679215
ISBN-10: 1151679216

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