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Just as I am, Thine own to be

Just as I am, Thine own to be. Marianne Farningham* (1834-1909). This hymn by Mary Anne Hearn (Marianne Farningham) was a rewriting of the famous hymn by Charlotte Elliott*, ‘Just as I am, without one plea’*. It was published in a book for children produced by the Sunday School Union, The Voice of Praise: for Sunday School and Home (1886). It later appeared in The Sunday School Hymnary (1905), edited by Carey Bonner* and in many other books (RCH, MHB, CP, AHB and others), as well as the Baptist Church Hymnal (Revised) (1933) (Farningham was a Baptist). It became well known outside Baptist circles as a ‘resolutely up-beat re-write’ of the original (see ‘Baptist hymnody, British’*). It had...

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