Helen Jane Taylor (64) was born in Felsted, Essex in Q1 1873.
In 1881 she was living with her family at Felsted Place.
At the time of the census in 1891 she was visiting a friend at The Malting, London Road, Witham, Essex.
In 1901 she had moved to 68 Church Road, Croydon, Surrey where she was employed as a Daily Governess.
By 1911, at the age of 38, she was living at 168 Elm Park Mansions, Chelsea, London and her occupation was described as a Lecturer on Literature and a Lyric Writer.
She married a man born in Munich, Bavaria
I have found several references to her death in 1943. But if she did marry it was fairly late in life and there would have been little likelihood of children.
Helen Taylor collaborated mainly with and Australian composer, May Brahe (Born Mary Hannah Dickson in East Melbourne in 1884). Amongst songs on which they worked are:
• As I Went a’Roaming (Helen Taylor), Enoch & Sons publisher
• Beaux and Belles (Helen Taylor)
• The Country Dance
• Bless This House (Helen Taylor)
• Recorded by Perry Como on http://www.songlyrics.com/perry-como/bless-this-house-lyrics/
• By Road and River, 5 songs (Helen Taylor)
• O Western Wind!
• Red Roofs
• The Call of the Maytime (Helen Taylor)
• Country Folk (Helen Taylor)
• Cradle Me Low (Helen Taylor)
• Cuckoo Calls (Helen Taylor)
• The Everlasting Love (Helen Taylor)
• Guess You Know (Helen Taylor)
• I Passed by your Window (Helen Taylor), Enoch & Sons publisher
• I Thought I'd Forgotten (But Still I Remember) (Helen Taylor)
• Life's Balcony (Helen Taylor)
• Messengers (Helen Taylor)
• A Northern Lament (Helen Taylor)
• Off to the Greenwood (Helen Taylor)
• Oh, Pray for Peace (Helen Taylor)
• A Pageant of Summer, song cycle for 4 voices (Helen Taylor):
• Traveller's Joy
• The Piper from Over the Way (Helen Taylor)
• A Prayer in Absence (Helen Taylor)
• Ring-Time (Helen Taylor)
• Shy Mignonette (Helen Taylor)
• Sitting at Home by the Fire (Helen Taylor)
• Song Pictures, 5 songs (Helen Taylor)
• That's All (Helen Taylor)
• Through the April Meadows (Helen Taylor)
• Two Little Words (Helen Taylor)
• Yours Alone (Helen Taylor)
• Dancing Days (Helen Taylor)
1917, English, Book edition:
Three more songs of the fair / the words by Helen Taylor ; the music by Easthope Martin. [score]
Matrix No. First Recording
Date Title Primary Performer Description
B-24780 1/5/1921 I passed by your window Frances Alda Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra B-29873 4/9/1924 Bridal dawn John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with violin, celeste and orchestra
BVE-32880 6/8/1925 Come to the fair Elsie Baker Female vocal solo, with orchestra
BVE-38386 5/4/1927 Under the spell of the rose John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra
BVE-49240 12/7/1928 Under the spell of the rose John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra [Trial 1924-03-28-01] 3/28/1924 It is only a tiny garden Ruby Green Female vocal solo, with piano
The Matrix Number refers to Victor Recording Studios own records.
This beautiful song - which is virtually a nondenominational hymn - was published in 1927 and is the work of an Australian woman, May Brahe, and an English woman, Helen Taylor. Helen Taylor, a poet, wrote the original words for the song and titled it "Bless The House." Her friend, Mary Brahe, composed the stirring, devotional music that so warmly embraces the prayerful sentiments of the lyrics. Their combination sets a soaring and majestic tone to give the song emotional impact.
A few years after its publication, the song caught the attention of the world-famous Irish Tenor John McCormack who immediately recognized its potential greatness, changed the title to "Bless This House," made some minor revisions in the lyrics and included the song as a highlight of his repertoire. It also became one of his best selling recordings.
As a testimonial to the success of the song, "Bless This House" is still widely and frequently heard from modern day classical style singers.
Because so many of you have written to us requesting the words to the song we are publishing them here.
Bless This House