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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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, England. In 1823, he became, somewhat reluctantly, Bishop of Calcutta (Kolkata), India. Most of his hymns were not published until after his death; 57 of them appeared in Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Church Service of the Year (London: J. Murray, 1827).

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 of the Faithful Dead
  47. O Thou, Whom Neither Time Nor Space
  48. O Thou Whose Infant Feet Were Found
  49. O Weep Not o’er Thy Children’s Tomb
  50. Oh Blest Were the Accents of Early Creation
  51. Oh God, by Whom the Seed Is Given
  52. Oh God That Madest Earth and Sky
  53. Oh God! Who Gav’st Thy Servant Grace
  54. Oh Hand of Bounty, Largely Spread
  55. Oh More Than Merciful!
  56. Oh Savior, Is Thy Promise Fled?
    • Come, Jesus, Come, Return Again
  57. Oh Savior of the Faithful Dead
  58. Oh Savior, Whom This Holy Morn
  59. Oh Thou Whom Neither Time Nor Space
  60. Oh Weep Not o’er Thy Children’s Tomb
  61. Reflected on the Lake, I Love
  62. Room for the Proud! Ye Sons of Clay
  63. See, Daylight Is Fading o’er Earth and o’er Ocean
  64. Sit Thou on My Right Hand
  65. Son of God Goes Forth to War, The
  66. Sound of War in Earth and Air, The
  67. Spirit of Truth, on This Thy Day
  68. There Was Joy in Heaven
  69. Thou Art Gone to the Grave
  70. Thou, Who Madest Earth and Heaven
  71. Though Sorrows Rise and Dangers Roll
  72. Thy Bounteous Hand with Food Can Bless
  73. ’Tis Hard from Those We Love to Go
  74. To Conquer and Save, the Son of God
  75. Virgin-Born, We Bow Before Thee
  76. Wake Not, O Mother, Sounds of Lamentation
  77. When on Her Maker’s Bosom
  78. When Our Heads Are Bowed with Woe
  79. When Spring Unlocks the Flowers
  80. When This Goodly World to Frame
  81. When Through the Torn Sail
  82. Who Yonder on the Desert Heath
  83. Winds Were Howling o’er the Deep, The
  84. World Is Grown Old, The
  1. Calcutta