The author gained a love of poetry from his schoolmaster father. He felt the call to the ministry of the Anglican church in his early teens. He was already writing poetry and at Cambridge a good deal of comic verse (he calls that ‘an invaluable part of learning the trade’). He worked as a curate in London and for the Billy Graham Crusade, then for the Church Pastoral Aid Society, a home missionary society. He worked with Michael Baughen on Youth Praise 1 and 2, which became hugely popular. Psalm Praise followed. He moved to be Archdeacon of Norwich and then in 1981 Bishop of Thetford. His way of working in his busiest years was to note scripture references, ideas on metre, themes, requests, which he then worked into hymns on his summer vacations. He is now in a busy retirement.
The composer was director of music at Gresham’s School, Holt, Norfolk, and it is another tune in the tradition of public school worship, with a strong melody intended for the school chapel. It was set to these words in 1969 and is now securely wedded to them.
from notes by Alan Luff © 2004
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