This majestic hymn was written by Bishop Heber, who was born in Cheshire, England, 1783, and educated at Oxford. He served in the church at Hodnet for about twenty years, when he was appointed Bishop of Calcutta, East India. He wrote fifty-seven hymns, which were published by his widow in 1842. Heber died 1826 in the prime of his life.
The tune ”Nicaea” was composed by Dr. John Bacchus Dykes for this hymn, and is one of the best of his compositions. Nicaea was the place in Asia Minor where the first Ecumenical Council was held in the year 325, and it was there that the doctrine of