Martineau, James, LL.D., D.D., born at Norwich, April 21, 1805, the son of a manufacturer and wine merchant of Huguenot descent. After four years at the Norwich grammar school, and two as a pupil of Dr. Lant Carpenter, at Bristol, and a short experience in the shops of a mechanical engineer at Derby, he entered as a Divinity student in Manchester College, York. His first ministry was at Eustace St. Chapel, Dublin [1828-32], as assistant to his cousin, the Rev. Philip Taylor. From 1832 to 1857 he was in Liverpool, as minister of the congregation meeting in Paradise St. Chapel, and from 1849 in the new Hope St. Church. In 1840 he was appointed professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy and Political Economy in Manchester New College and in 1857… Go to person page >
A voice upon the midnight air. [Passiontide.] Dr. Martineau informs us that this hymn was contributed to his Hymns for the Christian Church & Home, 1840. It is No. 218, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and is given as "Anonymous." It has since appeared in many Unitarian collections in Great Britain and America.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)