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The author of the text, Emily Sullivan Oakey (1829-1883) was educated at the Albany Female Academy in Albany, New York, where she was later one of the faculty teaching Rhetoric and Composition. It is said she never enjoyed a single day of good health in her entire life of fifty-four years, but at the school she was beloved of students and faculty alike. She published a book of Dialogues and Conversations Designed for the Use of Schools (New York, 1879), which suggests that she was a delightful and humorous teacher who took great pains to make her subject interesting to her students. She also published a book of poetry, At the Feet of Parnassus (Albany, 1883), where this text was reprinted.

The composer of the tune was the Hon. and Rev. Francis Richard Grey, M.A., F.S.A. (1813-1890), who was Rector of Morpeth, Northumberland, Proctor of the Archdeaconry of Lindisfarne, and an honorary Canon of Durham Cathedral.

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The Hon. and Rev. Francis Richard Grey, M.A., F.S.A. (1813-1890), Rector of St. James's Church, Morpeth, Northumberland
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