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Elizabeth Clephane (1830 to 1869)
Orphaned and in Ill Health, but Used by God.

Elizabeth Cecilia Clephane was born at Edinburgh, Scotland. She was orphaned at an early age, and in poor health throughout her short life. Nevertheless, she was known for her humanitarian relief of the poor and sick in her community. (Because she spent most of her money for charity she was known as "The Sunbeam." Few Scottish poets were female, but Elizabeth was one of those few. One of her poems, "The Ninety and Nine" came to the attention of Ira D. Sankey (Moody's associate) and he composed music to it and sang it with good effect. Clephane also wrote "Beneath the cross of Jesus."


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