Born: Feb­ru­a­ry 12, 1818, Pul­ver­batch, Shrop­shire, Eng­land.

Died: June 8, 1885, Hop­ton, Suf­folk, Eng­land.

Buried: Hoxne, Suf­folk, Eng­land.

Downton was ed­u­cat­ed at Tri­ni­ty Col­lege, Cam­bridge (BA 1840, MA 1843).

Tak­ing Ho­ly Or­ders in 1843, he be­came cur­ate of Bem­bridge, Isle of Wight (1843), and of Ho­ly Tri­ni­ty, Cam­bridge (1847). In 1849, he be­came the in­cum­bent at St. John’s in Cha­tham.

He went to Ge­ne­va, Switz­er­land, as Eng­lish Chap­lain in 1847, and was ap­point­ed rec­tor of Hop­ton in 1873. He was al­so for some time Do­me­stic Chap­lain to Lord Mon­son.

Downtown’s hymns were main­ly con­tri­but­ed to the Church of Eng­land ma­ga­zine, Ar­thur Rus­sell’s Psalms and Hymns (1851), Bar­ry’s Psalms and Hymns (1862), and the Sun­day Ma­ga­zine.

In 1873, he col­lect­ed these and pub­lished them as Hymns and Vers­es. His trans­la­tions from the French of Al­ex­andre Vi­net are al­so in the vol­ume.

His oth­er works in­clude:

  1. Another Year, An­oth­er Year
  2. For Thy Me­rcy and Thy Grace
  3. Forward! Sol­diers, Bold and Fear­less
  4. Harp, Awake, Tell Out the Sto­ry
  5. Lord, Her Watch Thy Church Is Keep­ing
  6. My God, Though Cleav­ing to the Dust
  7. My Song Shall Be of Mer­cy
  8. Sing We, Breth­ren Faith­ful
  9. When from Far Thy Tow­ers Shall Shine

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