While holding meetings with Mr. Moody, at Cardiff, Wales, in 1883, I visited the ruins of Tintern Abbey with Professor Drummond. While there I sang this song, which the professor said to me was one of the finest hymns in the English language. A number of years later I sang it on the green hill believed to be Calvary, outside the walls of Jerusalem.
Mrs. Alexander was the wife of the Most Reverend W. Alexander, D. D., Archbishop of Armagh. She first published ”There is a green hill far away ”in her” Hymns for Little Children ”in 1848. It is a popular children's hymn in England. Mr. Stebbins set it to a new tune in 1884. Mrs. Alexander wrote about four hundred hymns and poems for children.