Cecilia Mary Cadell was a religious writer from Harbourstown, Balbriggan, co. Meath. Born about 1814, Cecilia was the daughter of Ricard O’Feral Cadell. Although a lifelong invalid, Cadell wrote numerous hymns, religious and historical fiction with a strong Catholic point of view. Her most famous work was Blind Agnese, or Little Spouse of the Blessed Sacrament, which was published in 1856 and translated into a number of languages. Her work, Nellie Neterville, based in Cromwellian times, was also translated in to French and Italian. She wrote histories of the missions to Japan and Paraguay. She contributed to various Catholic magazines. Caddell adapted a verse from the New Testament as the basis for the hymn, Behold the Lilies of the Field. She died in Dublin in 1877 and is buried in the family vault at Stamullen.