Bancroft, Charitie Lees


(aka DE CHENEZ), b Merrion, Co Dublin 1841, d Oakland, California, USA 1923. A clergyman’s daughter, née Smith, she grew up in her father’s rectory at Drumragh in Co Tyrone. While in her 20s and still single, she published some hymn texts in a leaflet in 1867, Within the Veil, her best-known hymn having gained a place in Spurgeon’s Our Own Hymn Book a year earlier. She married Arthur E Bancroft in 1869, and after his death became Mrs De Chenez; she is known in hymn-books by either or both of her married surnames. At some point she had emigrated to California with her brother Dr Thos Smith, and she died after being widowed for a second time. Her work (unsurprisingly?) seems to be appreciated only by evangelical editors and churches, and not all of these. No.503.

Hymns and songs by Bancroft, Charitie Lees

Number Hymn Name
503 Before the throne of God above