1854–1916

Feb­ru­a­ry 5, 1854, New Marl­bo­rough, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Oc­to­ber 13, 1916, Man­hat­tan, Kan­sas.

Wa­baun­see Ce­me­te­ry, Wa­baun­see, Kan­sas.

portrait

Laura was the daugh­ter of Ed­ward A. Pix­ley, and wife of Laur­en New­ell, a car­pen­ter from Man­hat­tan, Kan­sas (mar­ried 1871). Or­phaned as an in­fant, she was adopt­ed by her aunt, Mrs. Hir­am Ma­bie, who at the time lived in New York.

In 1858, the Ma­bie fa­mi­ly moved to a farm south of where Wa­me­go, Kan­sas, now stands. Two years af­ter the move, Mr. Ma­bie died, and his wife re­sumed teach­ing.

In 1860, Mrs. Ma­bie ac­cept­ed a po­si­tion in To­pe­ka, Kans­as, where she taught ma­ny years. Un­der her tut­el­age, Lau­ra re­ceived her ed­u­ca­tion. as ear­ly as age 12, Lau­ra was writ­ing rhymes, and two years lat­er her po­ems be­gan to ap­pear in lo­cal news­pa­pers. She had no thought of a lit­er­a­ry ca­reer; she simp­ly wrote to give vent to her po­et­ic­al mind.

In 1873, Lau­ra was list­en­ing to an ad­dress by a speak­er who la­ment­ed the death of gen­ui­ne hymns, and she re­solved to try her hand in that line of work. That be­gan a long per­i­od of writ­ing songs, sacr­ed and sec­u­lar, ser­vic­es for an­ni­ver­sa­ry oc­ca­sions, can­ta­tas, adapt­ing words to mu­sic, and mu­sic to words.

She be­longed to the Con­gre­ga­tion­al de­nom­in­a­tion.

Mrs. New­ell is in­deed a pro­lif­ic writ­er. Her po­ems num­ber in the thou­sands. She has had over eight hun­dred poe­ms pub­lished in a sin­gle year, a most re­mark­a­ble record. The great ease with which Mrs. New­ell writes is one of her spe­cial gifts.

Not long since an or­der, acc­om­pan­ied by mu­sic and ti­tles, was sent her for eight po­ems to suit. At sev­en o’clock in the ev­en­ing she sat down to her or­gan to catch the mu­sic. Then she went to her desk, and at ten o’clock the or­der was rea­dy for the re­turn mail. Her work pleased the pub­lish­er so well that he sent her an or­der for for­ty-eight ad­di­tion­al po­ems. Mrs. Newell writes sev­er­al hun­dred po­ems an­nu­al­ly. She is a ve­ry mod­est and un­pre­ten­tious la­dy, and goes about her dai­ly work as cheer­ful­ly as her po­ems ad­vise oth­ers to do.

The deep­ly re­li­gious char­ac­ter of the wo­man stands out bold­ly in near­ly all her work. The next world is ap­par­ent­ly as real to her as the pres­ent. Her heart is in her work, and to the end of life’s chap­ter, while able, may she wield her pen to tell the Sto­ry so dear to her heart, in verse and song.

Hall, pp. 316–17

  1. Adown Life’s Vale We Wan­der
  2. All for the Sav­ior Who Loves Us
  3. All the World Should Hear the Mes­sage
  4. Any Sac­ri­fice for Je­sus
  5. Are You Lay­ing Up Your Trea­sure?
  6. Are You Look­ing for an An­swer?
  7. Are You Rea­dy for the Judg­ment?
  8. Are You Rea­dy for the Reap­er?
  9. Arise, Away, ’Tis the Mas­ter’s Call
  10. As Price­less Pearls to You
  11. As the Life of a Flow­er
  12. As Thy Days Thy Strength Shall Be
  13. As We La­bor in the Vine­yard Day by Day
  14. At the Mas­ter’s Feet I’m Kneel­ing
  15. Awake, Arise, and Greet the Morn
  16. Be Faith­ful While Jour­ney­ing On­ward
  17. Be Strong in Je­ho­vah, the Migh­ty
  18. Beautiful, Beau­ti­ful Sto­ry of Je­sus, The
  19. Beautiful Child­ren’s Day
  20. Beautiful Day When the Sav­ior Was Mine
  21. Beautiful Home­land
  22. Beautiful Sab­bath Morn­ing
  23. Beautiful Sto­ry of Je­sus, The
  24. Beautiful Words He Hath Spok­en
  25. Because Our Fa­ther Loved Us So
  26. Behold the Lord, the Ris­en
  27. Beyond the Sun­set Bare
  28. Blessed Je­sus, Lov­ing Sav­ior
  29. Blest Je­sus, Dear Sav­ior, We Con­se­crate Now
  30. Borne up­on Hope’s Gold­en
  31. Breathe up­on Us, Ho­ly Spir­it
  32. Brighter and Bright­er the Way to Life’s Close
  33. Brightly Beam­ing o’er the Way
  34. Bring All Your Cares to Je­sus
  35. Bring Ye the Beau­ti­ful Li­lies
  36. By and By, We All Shall
  37. By the Cross of Je­sus
  38. By Wa­ters Still and Peace­ful
  39. Can We Be Lov­ers of Plea­sure
  40. Carols of June­tide
  41. Carry All Your Woe to Je­sus
  42. Cast All Your Cares on Je­sus
  43. Catch the Sun­beams e’er They Van­ish
  44. Child Whose Dain­ty Gold­en Curls, A
  45. Children Join the Cho­rus
  46. Children Sing, Sweet­ly Sing
  47. Christ Is Com­ing By and By
  48. Christ Is Ris­en, Pro­claim the Mes­sage
  49. Christ the Con­quer­or Lives
  50. Christ the Lord Will Be the Hope
  51. Christian Sol­diers Bound
  52. Christian Sol­diers, on Life’s Rug­ged Road
  53. City Lies Be­yond the Blue, A
  54. Clean Hands, Pure Hearts
  55. Clear the Bea­con Light Is Gleam­ing
  56. Come, All Ye Child­ren, Chant
  57. Come Hap­py Child­ren, Chant
  58. Come to Je­sus if the Sun­light
  59. Come to Me, All Ye So Wea­ry
  60. Come, What May of Joy or Sor­row
  61. Come with a Mes­sage from Je­sus
  62. Consider the Li­lies, They Toil Not
  63. Crown of Thorns the Sav­ior Wears, A
  64. Christmas Bells Peal Forth, The
  65. Crumbs from the Mas­ter’s Ta­ble, The
  66. Day by Day, with Noise­less Tread
  67. Days, How They Glide, The
  68. Days, These Au­tumn Days So Rare
  69. Dear Child­ren, Two Paths Are Be­fore You
  70. Dear Je­sus, Thy Child­ren Who Love Thee
  71. Do I Stand on the Rock?
  72. Do You Hear His Mes­sage?
  73. Door of the Fold Is Je­sus, The
  74. Door of the King­dom Is Open, The
  75. Fairest ’Mong Ten Thou­sand
  76. Faithful to Je­sus, O May I Be Found
  77. Far, Far from Home, the Night Is Com­ing On
  78. Far On, O, Brave­ly, Stead­fast
  79. Fearlessly with Him to Guide
  80. Flash of Light, A
  81. Forgive, and Be For­giv­en
  82. Founded on the Rock Christ Je­sus
  83. Fountain, a Clear Flow­ing, A
  84. From Step to Step He Doth
  85. Gaily Sing, Gai­ly Sing
  86. Gather the Sheaves for the Mas­ter
  87. Gathering Gold­en Sheaves
  88. Gathering Pearls for the Mas­ter
  89. Glory, Glo­ry, in the High­est
  90. Glory in the High­est, Hear the Grand Re­frain
  91. Go and Seek for Souls Astray
  92. Go, Search in the High­ways and By­ways
  93. Go Tell the World That the Christ Is Come
  94. Go Tell Them of Je­sus
  95. God Bless the Lit­tle Ones
  96. God of Our Sal­va­tion, Grant Thy Love Di­vine
  97. God’s Love Il­lumes
  98. God’s Spir­it Strives with Me
  99. Gospel In­vi­ta­tion, The
  100. Grave Where Is Thy Vic­to­ry?
  101. Hail, Glo­ri­ous Day So Long Fore­told
  102. Hail, Prince of Peace, All Hail
  103. Hail, Star Di­vine, O Won­drous Light
  104. Hallelujah to the Lord! See Christ in Glo­ry Rise
  105. Happy Child­ren of the King
  106. Happy Hearts to Love
  107. Happy, Joy­ous Band Are We, A
  108. Happy Land of Rest
  109. Hark, I Hear a Shout Along the Line
  110. Hark, the Mes­sage of Sal­va­tion
  111. Have a Pur­pose, Do Not Wa­ver
  112. Have You Heard the Blessed Mes­sage?
  113. Have You Heard the Sav­ior?
  114. Have You Heard the Won­drous Sto­ry?
  115. Have You Left All Your Sins At the Cross?
  116. He Calls Us One by One
  117. He Doth Lead Me Day by Day
  118. He Giveth His Be­loved Sleep
  119. He Is Call­ing, Gent­ly Call­ing
  120. He Is Knock­ing at Your Heart
  121. He Is Plead­ing To­day
  122. He Is Ris­en
  123. He Is Ris­en, Pro­claim the Sto­ry
  124. He Stands At the Door, At the Door of Your Heart
  125. Hear the Call, Blessed Call
  126. Hear the Sav­ior’s In­vi­ta­tion
  127. Hearken to the Mes­sage, Sent from Hea­ven Above
  128. His Eye Is Ev­er Watch­ing
  129. Holy Mem­o­ries Round Thee Clus­ters
  130. How Can Ye Doubt, but Come with Me
  131. How Life’s Tri­als and Temp­ta­tions
  132. How Sweet Are Thy Words to My Taste
  133. I Am Com­ing Back to Je­sus
  134. I Am Lis­ten­ing for His Foot­fall
  135. I Am Near­ing Scenes Ce­les­ti­al
  136. I Am So Hap­py for Je­sus Is Mine
  137. I Am the Light, Our Sav­ior Said
  138. I Am Trust­ing Day by Day in His Word
  139. I Am Wait­ing for a Mes­sage
  140. I Can Hear My Sav­ior’s Gen­tle Voice
  141. I Cannot Drift Be­yond His Love
  142. I Gave My Heart to Je­sus
  143. I Have a Hope, Blessed Hope
  144. I Know His Voice, My Shep­herd’s Voice
  145. I Know Not the Hour of His Com­ing
  146. I Know Not the Way I Shall
  147. I Know Not When My Barque Shall Sail
  148. I Know That All My Sins Are Gone
  149. I Know That My Re­deem­er Liveth, and I with Him
  150. I Know We Shall Meet
  151. I May Not See My On­ward Path
  152. I Need Not Know How Christ Can Save
  153. I Re­joice in the Love
  154. I Was Car­ry­ing a Bur­den
  155. I Will Be Glad and Re­joice in Thy Love
  156. I Will Leave All My Past At the Cross
  157. I Will Take Away Their Sins
  158. If Dark the Thorny Way
  159. If the Mas­ter Should Call
  160. If Wait­ing or Sleep­ing
  161. I’ll Al­ways Have Je­sus Be­side Me
  162. I’ll An­chor Safe At Home
  163. I’ll Sing Away My Sor­row
  164. I’m Al­ways Re­joic­ing, for Je­sus Is Mine
  165. I’m Safe in the Rift of the Rock
  166. I’m Wait­ing in the Bor­de­rland
  167. I’m Watch­ing the Sun­set
  168. In Our Dear Blessed Cause We Are Work­ers To­day
  169. In Sweet Con­tent and Thank­ful­ness
  170. In the Bright­ness of His Glo­ry
  171. In the Fold of Christ the Shep­herd
  172. In the Gold­en By and By
  173. In the Light of the Cross Do I La­bor
  174. In the Rock I’m Safe­ly Rest­ing
  175. In the Sun­shine of His Love Let Us Live
  176. In Youth’s Bright Days We Come
  177. Is Christ Your King?
  178. Is It Well with My Soul
  179. I’ve a Mes­sage Sweet and Ten­der
  180. I’ve Heard Such a Won­der­ful Sto­ry
  181. I’ve Sailed Till the Sun­set
  182. Jesus Calls for Work­ers, Faith­ful, Loyal
  183. Jesus Calls Us
  184. Jesus Doth Call To­day
  185. Jesus Is Seek­ing the Lost Ones To­day
  186. Jesus Leads the Way to Glo­ry
  187. Jesus Loves Me I Know
  188. Jesus Loves the Lit­tle Ones
  189. Jesus, My Sav­ior, Is Plead­ing with Me
  190. Jesus Never Will For­sake Me
  191. Jesus, Our Ref­uge
  192. Jesus, Ten­der Shep­herd
  193. Jesus, the Con­quer­or, Reigns
  194. Jewels for Thy Di­a­dem
  195. Jewels in Thy Di­a­dem
  196. Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy in the Por­tals of Glo­ry
  197. Joyfully on To­ward His Pal­ace
  198. Just Now Blessed Je­sus Is Call­ing
  199. Keep Our Hearts Pure, Blessed Sav­ior
  200. Let Us Look to Je­sus
  201. Let Us Ne’er Be De­ceived
  202. Let Us Work for Je­sus
  203. Let Your Words Awake Sweet Ech­oes
  204. Light Shines o’er the Earth, A
  205. Light Shines on My Pil­grim Way, A
  206. Like as a Fa­ther, He Pi­ties
  207. Little Child­ren, Come to Je­sus
  208. Long, Long from the Fold
  209. Lord Doth Reign, Let Earth Re­joice, The
  210. Lord of Life Is Knock­ing, The
  211. Lord of the Har­vest, The
  212. Love of Christ So Full, The
  213. Many Souls Wait in Dark­ness Ap­pal­ling
  214. Marching On, Re­joic­ing, Hap­py
  215. Marching On to Zi­on
  216. Marching On­ward, All
  217. Master Has Lent Us a Sea­son, The
  218. May God Be with You Ev­ery Day
  219. May I with the Faith­ful Be Found
  220. Merciful Lord Is My Shep­herd, The
  221. Merry, Mer­ry Birds
  222. Messages from Home, Sweet Home
  223. Messiah Is Come to Re­deem Us
  224. Morn Is Come, the Night Is Past, The
  225. My Fa­ther Reigns in Hea­ven
  226. My Sav­ior Bled on Cal­va­ry
  227. My Soul Is Safe­ly An­chored
  228. My Trust Is Stayed on Thee, O Lord
  229. My Wea­ry Heart Is Filled with Pain
  230. My Wea­ry Heart Was Trou­bled
  231. Myself I Bring to Je­sus
  232. Near to Thy Cross, O Christ
  233. Neath the Ban­ner of the Cross
  234. No Hope Out­side of Je­sus
  235. No One but Je­sus Can Know
  236. No Tears May Fall in Yon­der Home
  237. Now and For­ev­er Thine Would We Be
  238. Now Is the Time to Serve Him
  239. Now the Good Shep­herd Is Call­ing His Sheep
  240. O Come to the Foun­tain, Ye Wea­ry
  241. O Free Is Sal­va­tion
  242. O Ga­ther the Gems in Your Path­way
  243. O Glo­ry Land I Long
  244. O Home of the Ran­somed
  245. O I Would Sing of Je­sus
  246. O Je­sus, Our Sav­ior, to Thee We Pray
  247. O Let Your Light Shine in the Dark­ness
  248. O Lord, We Ap­proach Thee
  249. O Pil­grim So Lone­ly and Wea­ry
  250. O Tell Me of Christ and His Won­der­ful Love
  251. O Tell Me the Sto­ry
  252. O the Man­sions Ov­er Yon­der
  253. O the White Robed Throng
  254. O the Won­drous Love of Je­sus, and the Glo­ry
  255. O to Serve Him Tru­ly
  256. O What Shall Your In­flu­ence Be?
  257. O Who Will Bear Wit­ness?
  258. O’er Life’s Rest­less Stormy Bil­lows
  259. O Hear Him, Ten­derly He Calls
  260. O List to the Call
  261. O Won­drous Love!
  262. Oh, Let Your Light Shine
  263. On the Throne of My Heart
  264. One by One, Our Dear Ones Gone Be­fore Us
  265. One with Christ, Lord Would I Be
  266. Only a Few More Sha­dows
  267. Only Je­sus, Blessed Je­sus
  268. Onward March To­ward the Bet­ter Land
  269. Out at Sea and Tem­pest Tossed
  270. Out of the Sha­dow and Dark­ness
  271. Over on the Gold­en Shore
  272. Pilgrim in Life’s Drea­ry, A
  273. Pilgrim on Earth­land, A
  274. Proclaim the Gos­pel Tid­ings
  275. Rejoice and Be Glad, All Ye Faith­ful
  276. Rejoice, Re­joice, the Lord Is King
  277. Render to Cae­sar His Right­ful Due
  278. Ring, Ring, Joy­ously, Loud­ly, Ring
  279. Ring, Ring, Ring, Sal­ute
  280. Ring the Bells Cheer­i­ly
  281. Rise Above Your Trou­bles
  282. Same Old Sto­ry Sweet, The
  283. Saved by Be­liev­ing Only Be­liev­ing
  284. Savior, I Am Cling­ing
  285. Savior, Thy Lit­tle Ones
  286. Scatter the Sun­shine Wher­ev­er You
  287. Seek Him To­day, Seek Him
  288. Send Afar the Gos­pel Tid­ings
  289. Shout, Shout the Gos­pel Song
  290. Sing Aloud, Pro­claim It Wide
  291. Sing, Child­ren, Sing of the Hea­ven­ly King
  292. Sinner, Just Now
  293. Sleeping in Je­sus, Never to Wak­en
  294. Softly the Bells on the Sab­bath Air
  295. Some Day, Some Sun­ny Day
  296. Somewhere ’tis Al­ways Morn­ing
  297. Souls Are Wait­ing
  298. Souls, Awake, De­lay No Long­er
  299. Speak a Word for Je­sus Now
  300. Stand by the Right, Be Un­daunt­ed
  301. Steadfastly Walk­ing My Sav­ior With
  302. Step by Step We Near His Hea­ven­ly King­dom
  303. Story of His Love, The
  304. Striving to Fol­low the Foot­steps of Je­sus
  305. Suffer the Child­ren to Come un­to Me
  306. Sunshine, Gold­en Sun­shine
  307. Sweet Peace Is Theirs Who Love Thy Law
  308. Take Me, Sav­ior, Keep Me Near Thee
  309. Take Up Your Cross for Je­sus
  310. There Is a Bliss­ful Home
  311. There Is a Land Be­yond the Sky
  312. There Is a Word We All Have Heard
  313. There Is Dead­ly Per­il Lurk­ing
  314. There Is Joy in My Soul
  315. There Is Joy, Joy, Joy
  316. There Is No Joy but in Je­sus
  317. There Is No Oth­er Way but the Path
  318. There’s a Beau­ti­ful Faith
  319. There’s a Beau­ti­ful Faith
  320. There’s a Bright Sun­ny Land Over Yon­der
  321. There’s a Foun­tain, a Clear Flow­ing Foun­tain
  322. There’s a Home That Awaits on That Ra­di­ant Shore
  323. There’s a Light, a Hea­ven­ly Light
  324. There’s a Light That Shines for Me
  325. There’s a Mes­sage of Sal­va­tion
  326. There’s a Song, Sweet Song
  327. There’s a Star of Such Ra­di­ant Beau­ty
  328. There’s a Star That Shines for Me
  329. There’s a Sto­ry, a Beau­ti­ful Sto­ry
  330. There’s a Sto­ry I Would Tell
  331. There’s a Sto­ry Sweet and Old
  332. There’s a Voice That Is Call­ing To­day
  333. There’s a Way That Leads to Glo­ry
  334. There’s a Way, the Way of Life
  335. There’s a Won­drous, Won­drous Sto­ry
  336. There’s a Work, a Work That We All May Do
  337. There’s Light on the Way
  338. They Are Com­ing, They Are Com­ing
  339. They That Sow in Tears
  340. They’re Wait­ing in the Land of Light
  341. Though He Slay Me, I Will Trust Him
  342. Thou Art My God, on Thee I Call
  343. Thou Art the Way, and I Resign
  344. Thou Know­est That I Love
  345. Thou, O Lord, Art My Re­deem­er
  346. Though We La­bor in His
  347. ’Tis Ev­er Sum­mer in My Heart
  348. To a Bet­ter Land, and a Hea­ven­ly
  349. To Je­sus, Our Sav­ior, Our Young
  350. To Souls Who Are Wait­ing
  351. To Thy Cross We Cling, O Blessed Sav­ior
  352. Touch Our Hearts, O Blessed Sav­ior
  353. Touch the Harp Gent­ly
  354. Trusting in His Word of Pro­mise
  355. ’Twas for Me That Je­sus Came to Earth to Live
  356. Under His Ban­ner We March To­day
  357. Under the Breeze of Hea­ven We Sail
  358. Unless I Tell the Sto­ry of Christ the King
  359. Unto Christ I Bring My Bur­dens
  360. Up and Be Do­ing for Je­sus
  361. Voice from Hea­ven, A
  362. Voice Is Ring­ing Sweet, A
  363. Wages of Sin Is Death, The
  364. Walking Close to Je­sus
  365. Walking, Sav­ior, Close to Thee
  366. We Are Al­most to the Ci­ty
  367. We Are Com­ing, Com­ing Home
  368. We Are Com­ing to the Fold
  369. We Are Go­ing Home to the Promised Land
  370. We Are His People, His Sheep Hear His Voice
  371. We Are Lit­tle Sol­diers
  372. We Are Out up­on Life’s Ocean
  373. We Are Sail­ing on Life’s Rough Tem­pestuous Ocean
  374. We Are Striv­ing for a Crown
  375. We Are Toil­ing, Glad­ly
  376. We Are Wait­ing for the Dawn­ing
  377. We Are Wait­ing, Wait­ing for the Day
  378. We Are Work­ers for the King
  379. We Are Work­ers in the Mas­ter’s Vine­yard
  380. We Can Scat­ter as We Go
  381. We Have Heark­ened to Thy Ten­der In­vi­ta­tion
  382. We Know That the Mo­ment
  383. We Read in Sacred Sto­ry
  384. We Shall An­chor in the Har­bor
  385. We Shall Read Life’s Pages
  386. We Shall Rest When Toils Are End­ed
  387. We Sing the Beau­ti­ful Songs of Zi­on
  388. We Would Sing of Je­sus
  389. Weary Heart, O Cease Re­pin­ing
  390. Welcome, One and All
  391. We’ll Ga­ther the Bloss­oms Wher­ev­er We Stray
  392. We’re a Band of Sol­diers Un­der Or­ders
  393. We’re a Hap­py, Hap­py Band
  394. We’re Look­ing for a Bright­er Time
  395. We’re Near­ing the Val­ley
  396. We’re on Our Jour­ney Home­ward
  397. We’re Sol­diers of the Cross of Christ
  398. What Hast Thou Done for Je­sus?
  399. What Have I Done for Je­sus?
  400. What Is My Rank in the Ar­my of God?
  401. What Shall I Say in the Judg­ment Day?
  402. What Will Your Re­cord Be?
  403. When He Mak­eth Up His Jew­els
  404. When Life’s Sun­shine and Its
  405. When My Work Is Done, and Life’s Set­ting Sun
  406. When Our Feet Shall Stand
  407. When the Clouds Give Place
  408. When the Fad­ing Gleams
  409. When the Jour­ney Toil­some Grows
  410. When the Shin­ing Gates Un­fold
  411. When the Years That Are
  412. When Thou Shalt Ap­pear
  413. When We All Get Home
  414. Where the Gates Are Op­ened by Day
  415. Where the Gates by Day Are Op­ened
  416. While He Is Call­ing, Gra­cious­ly Call­ing
  417. White Wings of Peace to Bless Our Way
  418. Who Can Count the Mer­cies That Our God Bestows
  419. Who Is with Us Ev­ery Day
  420. Why the Way Is Hedged
  421. Will the Sav­ior Be Wait­ing to Wel­come Me Home
  422. With Hearts Full of Glad­ness This Beau­ti­ful Day
  423. With Joy We Hail This Day
  424. With the Pure in Heart Abid­ing
  425. Within the Shin­ing Gates
  426. Work Time Is Pas­sing
  427. Working for Je­sus My Sav­ior and King
  428. Working for Je­sus Our Sav­ior Each Day
  429. Yet There Is Room for Thy Small Feet