||Darwin, Erasmus, 1732-1802|
Darwin, Erasmus, M.D., 1732-1802. Physician and poet, of Lichfield, author of The Botanic Garden , 1781, &c. He was a friend of Dr. Priestley's, and in sympathy with many of his views, although not permanently connected with any church. His hymn on God, the disposer of events, “The Lord, how tender is his love," is in Kippis, Martineau’s Hymns for the Christian Church and Home & Martineau’s Hymns of Praise and Prayer gives another hymn on Immortal Nature, “Roll on, ye stars, exult in youthful prime."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Erasmus Darwin (12 December 1731 – 18 April 1802) was an English physician. One of the key thinkers of the Midlands Enlightenment, he was also a natural philosopher, physiologist, slave-trade abolitionist, inventor and poet. His poems included much natural history, including a statement of evolution and the relatedness of all forms of life. He was a member of the Darwin–Wedgwood family, which includes his grandsons Charles Darwin and Francis Galton. Darwin was a founding member of the Lunar Society of Birmingham, a discussion group of pioneering industrialists and natural philosophers. He turned down an invitation of George III's to become a physician to the King.