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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Critical and Biographical Essay by Alfred H. Miles

George Rawson (1807–1889)

GEORGE RAWSON (1807–1889) was a solicitor, practising at Leeds, in which town he was born on the 5th of June, 1807. He took part in the compilation of several hymn-books, to which he contributed many original hymns. He published “Hymns, Verses, and Chants” in 1876, and “Songs of Spiritual Thought” in 1885. He died on the 25th of March, 1889. According to Julian, about fifty of his hymns are in general use in England and America. Among the more popular of these are “By Christ redeemed, in Christ restored,” “Come to our poor nature’s night,” and “Father, in high heaven dwelling.” The two examples given represent the writer in contrast of prayer and praise.