Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.
Critical and Biographical Essay by Alfred H. Miles
George Matheson (18421906)
GEORGE MATHESON was born at Glasgow on the 27th of March, 1842, and, notwithstanding the loss of his eyesight in early life, pursued a brilliant university career at Edinburgh, graduating in 1862, and becoming successively parish minister at Innellan and St. Bernards, Edinburgh. Besides several prose works, he published Sacred Songs (1890). The first of the following is his most widely accepted hymn. It was written at a time of great mental prostration.