Annie Smith

(1828-1855). Poet and editorial assistant. At the early age of 10 she joined the Baptist Church, and became a Seventh-day Adventist in 1844. She had to give up teaching in 1850 because of eye trouble. In 1851, while attending a meeting conducted by Joseph Bates, she was convinced of the Seventh-day Adventist faith. After she sent a poem, “Fear Not, Little Flock,” to the Review and Herald, White employed her. She read proof, edited copy, and had charge in White’s absence. In November of 1854 she was stricken with tuberculosis, which took her life the following July. She wrote many poems; 10 of her hymns appear in the Church Hymnal. Concerning one of them, “The Blessed Hope” ( No. 371), Seventh-day Adventist tradition has it that the first stanza refers to Joseph Bates, the second ...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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