Eliza Edmunds Hewitt was born in Philadelphia 28 June 1851. She was educated in the public schools and after graduation from high school became a teacher. However, she developed a spinal malady which cut short her career and made her a shut-in for many years. During her convalescence, she studied English literature. She felt a need to be useful to her church and began writing poems for the primary department. she went on to teach Sunday school, take an active part in the Philadelphia Elementary Union as Superintendent of the primary department. She is responsible for dozens of hymns, including There Is Sunshine in My Soul Today.
Elder Jeffrey Holland recounts Hewitt's contributions in his sermon Songs Sung and Unsung.