1802-1865

December 12, 1802, Cwmcynfelin, Cardiganshire, Wales.

May 1, 1865, Stinchcombe, Gloucestershire, England.

Stinchcombe, Gloucestershire, England.

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Tutored by an English clergyman, Williams developed a fondness for Latin poetry. He became so proficient in Latin that he actually began to think in it, and when writing was sometimes obliged 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 fact became 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 work. 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. Disposer Supreme, and Judge of the Earth
  2. First of Martyrs, Thou Whose Name
  3. Great Mover of All Hearts
  4. Morn of Morns, and Day of Days
  5. Not by the Martyr’s Death Alone
  6. Now from His Cradle
  7. O Heavenly Jerusalem
  8. O Word of God Above
  9. Our Lord the Path of Suffering Trod
  10. Soldiers Who to Christ Belong
  11. Word Is Given, the Waters Flow, The