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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

Sabine Baring-Gould (1834–1924)

SABINE BARING-GOULD, historian, antiquarian, novelist, and poet, was born at Exeter on the 28th of January, 1834. He was educated at Clare College, Cambridge, and, taking Holy Orders, became successively Curate of Horbury, near Wakefield; Incumbent of Dalton, Yorks; Rector of East Mersea, Essex; and Rector of Lew Trenchard, Devon (1881). His works are very numerous and varied, the most important being “Curious Myths of the Middle Ages” (2 series, 1866–68), “The Origin and Development of Religious Belief” (2 vols., 1869–70), and “Lives of the Saints” (15 vols., 1872–77). His hymns appeared in the Church Times, “Hymns Ancient and Modern,” “The People’s Hymnal,” and other collections. Perhaps the most perfect of these is the Easter hymn “On the Resurrection morning.” The most popular are “Onward, Christian soldiers” and “Now the day is over.”