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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

John Samuel Bewley Monsell (1811–1875)

JOHN SAMUEL BEWLEY MONSELL (1811–1875) was born at Londonderry, and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and became Chaplain to Bishop Mant; Rector of Ramoan; Vicar of Egham, Surrey; and Rector of St. Nicholas’, Guildford. He published a number of books, including “Hymns and Miscellaneous Poems” (1837); “His Presence, not His Memory” (1855); “Spiritual Songs” (1857); “Hymns of Love and Praise for the Church’s Year” (1863); “The Passing Bell”; “Ode to the Nightingale and other Poems” (1867); “Litany Hymns” (1869); “The Parish Hymnal” (1873); “Watches by the Cross” (1874); also “Simon the Cyrenian and other Poems,” “Nursery Carols,” etc., etc. To these or other volumes he contributed some three hundred hymns, many of which are widely used. He died on the 9th of April, 1875. The following examples are given as finally revised by the author during his last illness.