1802–1865
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Born: De­cem­ber 12, 1802, Cwmcynfelin, Car­di­gan­shire, Wales.

Died: May 1, 1865, Stinch­combe, Glou­ces­ter­shire, Eng­land.

Buried: Stinch­combe, Glou­ces­ter­shire, Eng­land.

Tutored by an Eng­lish cler­gy­man, Will­iams de­veloped a fond­ness for La­tin po­et­ry. He be­came so pro­fi­cient in La­tin that he be­gan to think in it, and when writ­ing some­times had to trans­late his ideas from La­tin to Eng­lish.

In 1812, he en­tered Tri­ni­ty Col­lege, Ox­ford, and two years lat­er won the un­i­ver­si­ty’s prize for La­tin verse. This was a turn­ing point in his ca­reer, as it brought him in­to con­tact with John Ke­ble, who took on Will­iams as a sort of pro­té­gé.

In 1829, Will­iams was or­dained as cur­ate of Wind­rush, a few miles from Fair­ford, where Ke­ble lived.

How­ev­er, Will­iams soon won a Tri­ni­ty Fel­low­ship and re­turned to Ox­ford, where he met John New­man. He be­came New­man’s cur­ate at St. Ma­ry’s, Ox­ford, where he stayed un­til 1842, when he be­came cur­ate at Bis­ley.

He moved to Stinch­combe in 1848, where he lived in re­tire­ment for ma­ny years, de­vot­ing him­self to li­ter­a­ry ef­forts. Will­iams’ works in­clude:

  1. Another Day Is Past and Gone
  2. Be Thou My Guardian and My Guide
  3. Child Leans on Its Parent’s Breast, The
  4. Christ’s Everlasting Messengers
  5. High Priest Once a Year, The
  6. How Solemn, Silent, and How Still
  7. Jesus, Most Loving Lord
  8. Lo! from the Desert Homes
  9. Lord, in This Thy Mercy’s Day
  10. Lord, Thou Dost Abhor the Proud
  11. Members of Christ Are We
  1. Angels Come on Joyous Pinion
  2. Disposer Supreme, and Judge of the Earth
  3. First of Martyrs, Thou Whose Name
  4. Great Mover of All Hearts
  5. Morn of Morns, and Day of Days
  6. Not by the Martyr’s Death Alone
  7. Now from His Cradle
  8. O Heavenly Jerusalem
  9. O Word of God Above
  10. Our Lord the Path of Suffering Trod
  11. Soldiers Who to Christ Belong
  12. Word Is Given, the Waters Flow, The