Caroline Noel, the daughter of an Anglican clergyman, was born in London in 1817. Early in her young life, Caroline Noel loved and tried to write poems, but gave it up by the age of twenty. Later in life, when bedridden with a serious illness, she took up her writing once again. She named the first collection of her works The Name of Jesus and Other Poems for the Sick and Lonely. It was in this collection that she published the hymn, “At the Name of Jesus.”
You might expect the tone of her work to be only comforting and devotional, but this hymn is more divine in nature. It focuses the attention on Jesus and his power, rather than on her sickness and loneliness. The poem is a beautiful paraphrase of Philippians 2:4-11, that shows how Jesus humbled himself on earth and became glorified in heaven.