Early 20th Century

Hubbard descended from an old New York family line that included Oliver Wendell Holmes and Wendell Phillips, who were closely related to her father. Alluding to her literary relatives, she wrote, Surely I should not feel elated over my little gift of poesy, when it is such a tiny rivulet, issuing from the great mountain stream of my forbears.

Her mother died when she was nine years old, and she went to school in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. At age 18, she entered a Phil­a­del­phia publishing office as a proofreader, and her first articles were printed under a pseudonym. One of her prose articles, Human Life, published in The Lutheran, attracted much attention, which gave her, while hiding behind her nom de plume, much pleasure.

Her first hymn writing was done for an Elgin, Illinois publisher, and for other compilers, around 1895. The greatest happiness I ever experienced was when I was able for active Christian work—now, as my treacherous heart makes me have to be so careful, I never wrote a thing that touched other hearts, unless my own was touched by the Holy Spirit.

Copyright records indicate Hubbard was living in Schwenksville, Penn­syl­van­ia, in 1914. Her works in­clude:

  1. Ask, and It Shall Be Given
  2. Blessed Comforter, The
  3. Christian’s Heritage, The
  4. Get Right with God
  5. He Loves Me
  6. Holy Spirit, Bless Me Now
  7. I Am Longing
  8. Just Beyond There Is a City
  9. King in His Beauty, The
  10. Lord, Is It I?
  11. Offering of My Heart, The
  12. Onward, Ever Onward!
  13. Sunshine! Blessed Sunshine!
  14. Touch from the Hand of Jesus, A
  15. ’Twas Thy Voice, O Holy Spirit
  16. Walk Ye in the Old Paths
  17. We Shall See the King