October 17, 1833, West Hackney, London, England.

December 23, 1899, Portsea, Hampshire, England.

Matson was educated first under the Rev. J. M. Gould, and then at St. John’s College, Cambridge. Subsequently, he studied under Professor Nesbitt at the Agricultural and Chemical College, Kennington. In 1853, he underwent a great spiritual change. Leaving the Church of England, he first joined the Methodist New Connexion body, then the Congregationalists. After theological training, he entered the ministry and held several pastorates, including Havant, Hampshire; Gosport; Highbury; Portsmouth, and others. His works include:

  1. Father of All, Whose Wondrous Power
  2. Glory, Glory to God in the Highest
  3. God Is in His Temple
  4. I’m but a Little Child
  5. In Whom Shall I Find Comfort?
  6. Lord, I Was Blind
  7. O Blessed Life, the Heart at Rest
  8. Teach Me, O Lord, Thy Holy Way