Translator of German hymns
Borthwick belonged to the Free Church of Scotland. In 1855, she and her sister Sarah Findlater co-produced a book of translations of German hymns titled Hymns from the Land of Luther (1854, 1855, 1858 & 1862). This book included the famous "Be Still,My Soul". In 1875, while living in Switzerland, she produced another book of translations called Alpine Lyrics. Borthwick was also active with the Edinburgh House of Refuge, the Moravian Mission in Labrador, and other mission work. She never married.
Her other works include Thoughts for Thoughtful Hours (1857), Contributions to the Family Treasury and Contributions to Pagenstecher’s Collection.
Works by Jane Borthwick
"These translations have attained a success as translations, and acceptance in hymnals, second only to Miss Winkworth's." [Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology]
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