Bonar, Catherine J


Short Name: Mrs. Catherine J. Bonar
Full Name: Bonar, Catherine J. Mrs., 1821-1884
Birth Year: 1821
Death Year: 1884
Bonar, Jane Catharine, née Lundie, daughter of the Rev. Robert Lundie, some time minister of the parish of Kelso, born at Kelso Manse, December, 1821, married, in 1843, to Dr. H. Bonar, and died in Edinburgh, Dec. 3, 1884. Her hymns appeared in Dr. Bonar’s Songs for the Wilderness, 1843-4, and his Bible Hymn Book, 1845. Their use is very limited. Mrs. Bonar is chiefly known through her hymn:—
Pass away, earthly joy. Jesus, all in all, which appeared in the Songs for the Wilderness, 2nd Series, 1844, and again in the Bible Hymn Book, 1845, No. 108, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines, including the refrain, “Jesus is mine!” The original text is given in Dr. Hatfield’s Church Hymn Book. 1372, No. 661. Sometimes this is altered to “Fade, fade, each earthly joy,” as in the American Songs for the Sanctuary, 1865, No. 114, and others. The last stanza of this hymn is also st. iv. of the cento, “Now I have found a friend,” &c. (q. v.)

— John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Catherine wrote the originals words: Fade, Fade each earthly joy.
Alternative words and a chorus have been added to these and it is published by Praise! online at 1266.