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Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.
When Satan tempts me to despair
Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
Charitie was born at Bloomfield, County Dublin, the fourth child of
Rev George Sidney and Charlotte Lees. The Rev George Smith was the
minister of Colebrooke church, in the Church of Ireland parish of
Aghalurcher from 1838-1867 and during this period the family including
Charitie lived in Ardunshin House near Brookeborough, County Fermanagh,
Ireland. In 1860 one of Charitie's first compositions O for the robes
of whiteness appeared in leaflet form in the immediate aftermath of
the Irish 1859 revival. In 1863 she wrote perhaps her best known hymn
Before the Throne of God Above which she entitled The Advocate (a hymn
which was revived in evangelical circles in the late Twentieth
Century). In 1867 Charitie's father took the family to Tattyreagh,
Omagh, County Tyrone, when he became the rector of St Columba's Church
Charitie continued with her compositions eventually publishing them in
a volume entitled Within the Veil in 1867.