September 23, 1725, Staunton Harold, Leicestershire, England.

April 7, 1786, Dublin, Ireland, of dropsy.

St. Mary’s Church, Dublin, Ireland.

Walter Shirley (1725–1786)
© National Portrait Gallery

Walter was the fourth son of Laurence Shirley (son of the 1st Earl Ferrers, and cousin of the Countess of Huntingdon). In 1742, he matriculated at New College, Oxford. He graduated with a BA in 1746, and the same year became rector of Loughrea, County Galway.

He was a friend of Whitefield and the Wesleys, often preached in their chapels. In 1774, he helped the Countess of Huntingdon revise the collection of hymns used in her chapels.

  1. Flow Fast, My Tears
  2. From Heaven the Loud Angelic Song Began
  3. Go, Destined Vessel, Heavenly-Freighted, Go!
  4. Hark! in the Wilderness a Cry
  5. Peace, Troubled Soul
  6. Source of Light and Power Divine
  7. Sweet as the Shepherd’s Tuneful Reed
  8. Sweet the Moments, Rich in Blessing