Henry Neele

Short Name: Henry Neele
Full Name: Neele, Henry
Birth Year: 1798
Death Year: 1828

Neele, Henry, son of a map and heraldic engraver in the Strand, London, was born in London, Jan. 29, 1798. He was educated for the Law, and practised as a solicitor. In 1817 he published a volume of Poems, and in 1823 a volume of Dramatic and Miscellaneous Poetry. These were followed by contributions to several magazines; the delivery of Lectures on English Poetry at the Russell, and again at the Western Literary Institution, in 1827; and the publication of his largest work, The Romance of English History, 1827. His mind gave way under the pressure of work, and he died by his own hand, Feb. 7, 1828. His Lectures on English Poetry, with Miscellaneous Tales and Poems, were published posthumously, in 1829. In this work the following "Hymns for Children" are found:—
1. O Thou! Who sittest enthroned on high. Child's Prayer.
2. O Thou! Who makest the sun to shine. Child's Prayer.
3. God of mercy, throned on high. Child's Prayer. Usually given with the same first line but altered as in E. Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833. No. 438
4. Remember Him, for He is great. Remember thy Creator. Of these hymns No. 3 is widely used.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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