1788-1870

September 27, 1788, Bath, Somerset, England.

April 8, 1870, Clifton, Bristol, England.

Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England.

Son of Thomas Grinfield of Bristol and Anna Joanna Barham, Grinfield was educated at Wingfield, near Trowbridge, and Trinity College, Cambridge (BA 1811). Ordained in 1813, he served as Curate at St. Sidwells, Exeter; Rector of Shirland, Derbyshire; and, for 23 years, Curate in charge of St. Mary le Port Church, Bristol. Though he published little, his compositions were numerous, especially his sermons. Studious and contemplative, he mingled little with society. He was an accomplished scholar and poet. As well as the works listed below, he wrote a large number of small poems and lectures, many of which were published in the Weston Mercury. There remain unpublished several manuscripts, including a series of theological lectures. His works include:

  1. All May Be Outwardly
  2. And Is There a Land Far Away?
  3. Grant Me, Lord to Walk with Thee
  4. Happy Those Who Rest Have Found
  5. How Still Amidst Commotion
  6. Oh, Could We Pilgrims Raise Our Eyes
  7. O Do Not Forsake Me
  8. O How Kindly Hast Thou Led Me
  9. Sweetly Let’s Join Our Evening Hymn
  10. Sweetly Ye Blow, Celestial Gales
  11. Then It Burst, the Glorious View
  12. They Talked of Jesus as They Went
  13. Thou Far from Thy Country
  14. ’Tis Come, the Time So Oft Foretold
  15. ’Tis Not in Circumstances
  16. When My Heart Beguiling
  17. Why Art Thou Grieving?
  18. Wake, My Voice, O Wake Once More

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