1783–1826
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Ap­ril 21, 1783, Mal­pas, Che­shire, Eng­land.

Ap­ril 3, 1826, Trich­in­o­po­ly (Ti­ru­chi­rap­pal­li), Ta­mil Na­du, In­dia, of a ce­re­bral hem­or­rhage while bath­ing.

St. John’s Church, Ti­ru­chi­rap­pal­li, Ta­mil Na­du, In­dia (north side of the al­tar).

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© National Portrait Gallery

Reginald was the son of Tho­mas He­ber and Eliz­a­beth Ath­er­ton.

He at­tend­ed Brase­nose Col­lege, Ox­ford, where he won a num­ber of awards in Eng­lish and La­tin. He re­ceived a fel­low­ship to All Souls Col­lege, and lat­er be­came rec­tor at Hod­net, Shrop­shire. In 1823, he be­came, some­what re­luct­ant­ly, Bi­shop of Cal­cut­ta (Kol­ka­ta), In­dia.

Most of He­ber’s hymns were pub­lished post­hu­mous­ly; 57 of them ap­peared in Hymns Writ­ten and Adapt­ed to the Week­ly Church Ser­vice of the Year (Lon­don: J. Mur­ray, 1827). His oth­er works in­clude:

The Sound of War! In Earth and Air

The sound of war! In earth and air
The volleying thunders roll:
Their fiery darts the Fiends prepare,
And dig the pit, and spread the snare,
Against the Christian’s soul.
The Tyrant’s sword, the rack, the flame,
The scorner’s serpent tone,
Of bitter doubt the barbèd aim,
All, all conspire his heart to tame:
Force, fraud, and hellish fires assail
The rivets of his heavenly mail,
Amidst his foes alone.

Gods of the world! ye warrior host
Of darkness and of air,
In vain is all your impious boast,
In vain each missile lightning tost
In vain the Tempter’s snare!
Though fast and far your arrows fly
Though mortal nerve and bone
Shrink in convulsive agony,
The Christian can your rage defy:
Towers o’er his head Sal­va­tion’s crest,
Faith like a buckler guards his breast,
Undaunted, though alone.

’Tis past! ’tis o’er! in foul defeat
The Demon host are fled!
Before the Saviour’s mercy-seat
(His live-long work of faith complete),
Their conqueror bends his head.
The spoils Thyself hast gainèd, Lord!
I lay before Thy throne:
Thou wert my rock, my shield, my sword;
My trust was in Thy name and word:
’Twas in Thy strength my heart was strong;
Thy spirit went with mine along;
How was I then alone?

Reginald Heber

  1. Abashed Be All the Boast of Age
  2. Beneath Our Feet, and o’er Our Head
  3. Bread of the World, in Mer­cy Brok­en
  4. Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morn­ing
  5. Brightness of Glo­ry, Thou God of the Morn­ing
  6. By Cool Si­lo­am’s Shady Rill
  7. Can We, Whose Souls Are Light­ed
  8. Come to Judg­ment, Come Away
  9. Creator of the Roll­ing Flood
  10. Creator of the Star­ry Height
  11. Dear Lord, Thy Lit­tle Lambs Are We
  12. Death Rides on Ev­ery Pass­ing Breeze
  13. Feeble Pulse, the Gasp­ing Breath, The
  14. Forth from the Dark and Stormy Sky
  15. From Foes That Would the Land De­vour
  16. From Green­land’s Icy Moun­tains
  17. God Is Gone Up with a Mer­ry Noise
  18. God of Glo­ry Walks His Round, The
    • God of Mer­cy Warns Us All, The
  19. God, That Mad­est Earth and Hea­ven
  20. He Is Gone to the Grave
  21. Holy, Ho­ly, Ho­ly
  22. Hosanna, Lord, Thine An­gels Cry
  23. Hosanna to the Liv­ing Lord
  24. How Long the Time Since Christ Be­gan
  25. I Praised the Earth in Beau­ty Seen
  26. In the Sun and Moon and Stars
  27. Incarnate Word, Who, Wont to Dwell
  28. Jerusalem, Je­ru­sa­lem, En­throned Once on High
  29. Jesus, Thou Man of Sor­rows
  30. Life Nor Death Shall Dis­se­ver
  31. Lo, the Lil­ies of the Field
  32. Lord, Now We Part in Thy Blest Name
  33. Love of Love on Cal­va­ry, The
  34. Lord of Mer­cy and of Might
  35. Lord of Might from Si­nai’s Brow, The
  36. Lord, Whose Love, in Pow­er Ex­cell­ing
  37. Lord Will Come! The Earth Shall Quake, The
  38. Messiah Lord, Who, Wont to Dwell
  39. O Cap­tain of God’s Host
  40. O Fa­ther, with Pro­tect­ing Care
  41. O God, My Sins Are Man­i­fold
  42. O God of Pure Af­fec­tion
  43. O King of Earth and Air and Sea!
  44. O Lord, Turn Not Thy Face Away
  45. O Most Mer­ci­ful! O Most Boun­ti­ful
  46. O Sav­ior, Is Thy Prom­ise Fled?
  47. Oh Sav­ior of the Faith­ful Dead
  48. Oh Sav­ior, Whom This Ho­ly Morn
  49. Oh Thou Whom Nei­ther Time Nor Space
  50. Oh Weep Not o’er Thy Child­ren’s Tomb
  51. Reflected on the Lake, I Love
  52. Room for the Proud! Ye Sons of Clay
  53. See, Day­light Is Fad­ing o’er Earth and o’er Ocean
  54. Sit Thou on My Right Hand
  55. Son of God Goes Forth to War, The
  56. Sound of War in Earth and Air, The
  57. Spirit of Truth, on This Thy Day
  58. There Was Joy in Hea­ven
  59. Thou Art Gone to the Grave
  60. Thou, Who Mad­est Earth and Hea­ven
  61. Though Sor­rows Rise and Dan­gers Roll
  62. Thy Boun­te­ous Hand with Food Can Bless
  63. ’Tis Hard from Those We Love to Go
  64. To Con­quer and Save, the Son of God
  65. Virgin-Born, We Bow Bef­ore Thee
  66. Wake Not, O Mo­ther, Sounds of La­men­ta­tion
  67. When on Her Mak­er’s Bo­som
  68. When Our Heads Are Bowed with Woe
  69. When Spring Un­locks the Flow­ers
  70. When This Good­ly World to Frame
  71. When Through the Torn Sail
  72. Who Yon­der on the De­sert Heath
  73. Winds Were Howl­ing o’er the Deep, The
  74. World Is Grown Old, The
  1. Calcutta