John M. Neale's life is a study in contrasts: born into an evangelical home, he had sympathies toward Rome; in perpetual ill health, he was incredibly productive; of scholarly temperament, he devoted much time to improving social conditions in his area; often ignored or despised by his contemporaries, he is lauded today for his contributions to the church and hymnody. Neale's gifts came to expression early–he won the Seatonian prize for religious poetry eleven times while a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, England. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1842, but ill health and his strong support of the Oxford Movement kept him from ordinary parish ministry. So Neale spent the years between 1846 and 1866 as a warden of Sackvi… Go to person page >
All creation groans and travails. J. M. Neale. [Cattle Plague.] Written for the Fast Day for the Great Cattle Plague, 1866, and first published in the Guardian. Shortly afterwards it was issued by Novello, with suitable music. During the latter part of the same year it was included in Neale's original Sequences, Hymns, &c, published under the supervision of Dr. Littledale, Dr. Neale having died a few months before. It is entitled "Cattle Plague Hymn," and consists of 10 stanzas of 4 lines. In 1872 it was reprinted in the Hymnary.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
All creation groans and travails, p. 40, i. Translated into Latin as "Tota creatura gemit: Deus audies," by G. S. Hodges, in his The County Palatine, &c, 1876.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)