March 2, 1811, St. Columb’s, Londonderry, Ireland.

April 9, 1875, Guildford, Surrey, England.

Guildford Cemetery, Guildford, Surrey, England.


Son of Thomas Bewley Monsell, archdeacon of Londonderry, Ireland, Monsell attended Trinity College in Dublin, and was ordained in 1834. In 1853, he was assigned to a post in England. He was Vicar of Egham, Surrey, until 1870, and Rector at St. Nicholas’, Guildford, until 1875, when he was killed by a fall from the roof of the church while it was being rebuilt. His 11 volumes of poetry encompass almost 300 hymns. His works include:

  1. Awake, Glad Soul
  2. Birds Have Their Quiet Nests
  3. Blessed Hope, That We the Fallen
  4. Blessed Lord, Who, Till the Morning
  5. Bounteous Blesser of the Seed Time
  6. Brightly Hopeful for the Future
  7. Broken, Contrite Heart Oppressed, The
  8. Christ Incarnate in His Poor
  9. Christ Is the Foundation
  10. Christ Is Risen! Hallelujah!
  11. Church of God, with Equal Prayer, The
  12. Come and Deck the Grave with Flowers
  13. Dark and Dim the Daylight Rose
  14. Few Bright Leaders of Her Host, A
  15. Fight the Good Fight with All Thy Might
  16. Friend of the Friendless and the Lone
  17. Glory Be to God on High!
  18. God Is Love, by Him Upholden
  19. God of That Glorious Gift of Grace
  20. Good Old Times, How Glorious, The
  21. Happy, Happy, Christmas, A
  22. Heart in Heart, and Hand in Hand
  23. Holy Offerings, Rich and Rare
  24. Holy Spirit, Long Expected
  25. Hours and Days and Months and Year
  26. I Have No Comfort but Thy Love
  27. I Hunger and I Thirst
  28. I Knew Thee in the Land of Drought
  29. I Think of Thee, My God, by Night
  30. In Thee, My God, Will We Rejoice
  31. Jesus, Gentle Sufferer, Say
  32. Jesus, My Loving Lord! I Know
  33. Journey Done, the Rest Begun, The
  34. Laboring and Heavy-Laden
  35. Last Sunday of the Work-Day Year
  36. Lay the Precious Body
  37. Light of the World, We Hail Thee
  38. Lord, Dependent on Thy Promise
  39. Lord of the Living Harvest
  40. Lord, to Whom Except to Thee?
  41. Lord, What Records of Thy Love
  42. Loved by God, the Father
  43. Members of Christ, Children of God
  44. Mercy, Mercy, God the Father
  45. Mighty Father, Blessèd Son
  46. My God, What Wondrous Love Was Thine
  47. My Head Is Low, My Heart Is Sad
  48. My Sins Have Taken Such a Hold on Me
  49. My Sins, My Sins, My Savior
  50. O for a Heart More Fervent
  51. O for the Time When on the World
  52. O God, Most Mighty, Listen Now
  53. O Holy Sabbath Day
  54. O Love Divine and Golden
  55. O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness
  56. O’er the Distant Mountains Breaking
  57. Oft Doth the Christian’s Heart Inquire
  58. On Our Way Rejoicing
  59. One Lesson More the Church Must Learn
  60. Other Name Than Our Dear Lord’s
  61. Pity on Us, Heavenly Father
  62. Praise the Lord, Rejoice, Ye Gentiles
  63. Proudly in His Hall of Judgment
  64. Rest of the Weary
  65. Shadow of a Mighty Rock
  66. Simple Trust That Can Confide, The
  67. Sing, O Heavens! O Earth, Rejoice!
  68. Sinful, Sighing to be Blest
  69. Sing to the Lord a Joyful Song
  70. Sing to the Lord of Harvest
  71. So Teach Me Lord, to Number
  72. Soon and for Ever
  73. Springtide Hour Brings Leaf and Flower, The
  74. Sweet Is the Gentle Voice of Spring
  75. Sweet Is Thy Mercy, Lord
  76. Teach Me to Do the Thing That Pleaseth Thee
  77. This Day the Lord Is Risen
  78. Thou Art Near, Yes, Lord, I Feel It
  79. Though Thou Slay Me, I Will Trust
  80. To Christ the Lord!
  81. To Thee, O Dear, Dear Savior!
  82. We Ask for Life, and Mean Thereby
  83. Weary and Sad, a Wanderer from Thee
  84. When Cold Our Hearts
  85. When I Had Wandered from His Fold
  86. Why Restless, Why So Weary?
  87. World May in Its Wealth Delight, The
  88. Wouldst Thou Learn the Depths of Sin?
  89. Yes, I Do Feel, My God, That I Am Thine
  1. Monsell

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