Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.
Critical and Biographical Essay by Alfred H. Miles
John Hampden Gurney (18021862)
JOHN HAMPDEN GURNEY (18021862) was educated at Trinity Collese, Cambridge, where he graduated 1824. Taking Holy Orders, he became Curate of Lutterworth (18271844), and subsequently Rector of St. Marys, Marylebone, and Prebendary of St. Pauls Cathedral. He died on the 8th of March, 1862. He published A Collection of Hymns for Public Worship (1838); Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship (1851); and Church Psalmody, hints for the improvement of a collection of hymns published by the Christian Knowledge Society 1853. To these books he contributed a number of original hymns, which have since been often reprinted, of which the following is one of the most popular.