1842-1930

January 3, 1842, Camborne, Cornwall.

January 1, 1930, London, England.

After a false start in medicine, Pearse (whose father had the same name) was educated for the Wesleyan ministry, which he entered in 1863. After leaving Didsbury College, his first post was in Leeds. Over the next two decades, the Methodist Conference appointed him to ministries in Brixton Hill, Ipswich, Bedford, Highbury, Westminster, Launceston, and Bristol. In 1886, he decided not to retire to Cornwall, but instead accepted the invitation of Hugh Price Hughes to join him in the London West Central Wesleyan Mission. This resulted in extensive fund raising tours abroad to publicize the Mission’s aims and achievements. These tours brought him into contact with Cornish communities in North America, Australasia and South Africa. After retiring from the Mission in 1903, he continued to preach, lecture and write, spending more and more time in Cornwall towards the end of his days. Four months before his death, he was made a bard of Gorseth Kenow (the Cornish Gorsedd), at Carn Brea, taking the name Pyscajor a Dus (Fisher of Men)

Pearse’s hymns were mostly written in London in 1875. In his little book The Child Jesus, each hymn was suggested by one of a series of cartoons illustrating the life of Christ, published by the Wesleyan-Methodist Sunday School Union.

Pearse’s works include:

  1. Fierce Wind Howls About the Hills, The
  2. Hushed Is the Raging Winter Wild
  3. O’er Bethl’hem’s Hill, in Time of Old
  4. Savior, for Thy Love We Praise Thee