Frances Mary Yonge

YONGE, Frances Mary (née Bargus). b.13 January 1795; d. 28 September 1868. She married an army officer, William Yonge, who resigned his commission in 1822 to live with her at Otterbourne, Hampshire, part of the parish of Hursley, where John Keble* was to become vicar in 1836. The Yonge family found Keble’s views and practice very congenial, and in imitation of Keble’s most famous book, Frances Mary published The Child’s Christian Year: Hymns for every Sunday and Holy-day in 1841, with a preface by Keble. It is of interest as preceding Cecil Frances Alexander*s Hymns for Little Children (1848), but it shows little sign of accommodating itself to the mind of the child. It contains hymns for...

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