Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >
A little flock! So calls He thee. H. Bonar. [Church of Christ.] A poem, in 13 stanzas of 4 lines on the Church as "The Little Flock." It appeared in the 1st series of his Hymns of Faith and Hope, 1857; and later editions. In Kennedy, 1863, No. 1404, it is re-arranged in three parts: (1) "Church of the everlasting God"; (2) “A little flock! So calls He thee"; (3) "A little flock! 'Tis well, 'tis well." In the American Manual of Praise, 1880, there is a cento beginning with the first stanza, and in the College and other hymn-books a second, as "Church of the Everliving God."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
DUNDEE first appeared in the 1615 edition of the Scottish Psalter published in Edinburgh by Andro Hart. Called a "French" tune (thus it also goes by the name of FRENCH), DUNDEE was one of that hymnal's twelve "common tunes"; that is, it was not associated with a specific psalm. In the Psalter Hymnal…