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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

Thomas Benson Pollock (1836–1896)

A CHARACTERISTIC feature of the modern hymnal is the “Metrical Litany,” examples of which have been contributed by Sir H. W. Baker, Rev. W. J. Irons, Dr. Littledale, Dr. Monsell, and the Rev. Thomas Benson Pollock. Among the most successful of these are those by Mr. Pollock, published in his “Metrical Litanies for Special Services and General Use” (1870), his “Litany Appendix” (1871), etc., etc. Mr. Pollock was born in 1836, and graduated at Trinity College, Dublin, in 1859, where he gained the Vice-Chancellor’s prize for English verse in 1855. Taking Holy Orders in 1861, he was successively Curate of St. Luke’s, Leek, Staffordshire; St. Thomas’s, Stamford Hill, London; and St. Alban’s, Birmingham. Litanies are naturally too lengthy to quote entire. The following is the first part of Mr. Pollock’s “Children’s Litany.”