Edwards, Basil, M.A., son of the Rev. S. Edwards, was born in 1846, and educated at the Bristol Grammar School, and G. and C. Coll., Cambridge; B.A. 1868, M.A. 1872. Ordained in 1869. After holding several curacies he became Rector of Blaisdon in 1877, and of Ashleworth in 1890. His Songs of a Parish Priest were published in 1888. His hymns in common use include:— A widow's hand in days of old. [Almsgiving.] Written at Blaisdon, for his Songs of a Parish Priest, and "suggested by observing that a very poor widow always gave silver at Holy Communion" (Author's MS.). Included in Hymns Ancient & Modern.
--Excerpt from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)