September 28, 1810, Staveley, Derbyshire, England.

July 21, 1883, Cambridge, England.

Cambridge, England.

Birks attended Trinity College, Cambridge, where he became a Fellow. He took Holy Orders in 1837, then became Rector of Kelshall, Hertfordshire, in 1844; Vicar of Holy Trinity, Cambridge, 1866; Canon of Ely Cathedral, 1871; and Professor of Moral Philosophy at Cambridge, 1872. His 25 works include Biblical, astronomical, scientific, prophetic, and other subjects. He also wrote the Memoirs of Rev. E. Bickersteth (his father-in-law), 1851. He wrote about 100 hymns; some appeared in Bickersteth’s Christian Psalmody, 1833, others in his Companion Psalter, 1871.

  1. Except the Lord Do Build the House
  2. Heavens Declare Thy Glory, The
  3. Lord Himself My Portion Is, The
  4. Mighty God, the Lord Hath Spoken, The
  5. O Come, Let Us Sing to the Lord
  6. O King of Mercy, from Thy Throne on High
  7. O Taste and See That He Is Good
  8. O When from All the Ends of the Earth
  9. Thou Art Gone on High, O Christ
  10. Whom Have I Lord in Heaven, but Thee