Ellerton, John, M.A., son of George Ellerton, was born in London, Dec. 16, 1826, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A. 1849; M.A. 1854). Taking Holy Orders he was successively Curate of Easebourne, Sussex, 1850; Brighton, and Lecturer of St. Peter's, Brighton, 1852; Vicar of Crewe Green, and Chaplain to Lord Crewe, 1860; Rector of Hinstock, 1872; of Barnes, 1876; and of White Roding, 1886. Mr. Ellerton's prose writings include The Holiest Manhood, 1882; Our Infirmities, 1883, &c. It is, however, as a hymnologist, editor, hymnwriter, and translator, that he is most widely known. As editor he published: Hymns for Schools and Bible Classes, Brighton, 1859. He was also co-editor with Bishop How and others of the Society for Promoting… Go to person page >
Another day begun! J. Ellerton. [Tuesday.] Written Feb. 13, 1871. Appeared in theParish Magazine for May, 1871, as one of three "Week Day Hymns," in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and appointed for Tuesday. During the same year it was included in Church Hymns, No. 56, with stanza ii., 1. 3, "sinful soil" changed to “guilty soil," and stanza v. altered from the original, which read:—
"Another day of grace!
To bring us on our way,
One step towards our resting-place,
The endless Sabbath-day."
In 1882 the revised text was repeated in Thring's Collection, with stanza ii. 1.3 re-written "And let not sin our conscience soil," by the editor. Authorised text in Church Hymns.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)