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 >
Apostles of the risen Christ, go forth. H. Bonar. [Missions.] Printed in the second series of his Hymns of Faith & Hope, 1863, pp. 142-3, where it is headed "The Great Message," and the motto is prefixed:—
"Quo vos magistri gloria, quo salus
Invitat orbis, sancta cohors
Dei Portate verbum." Old Hymn.
It is in 5 stanzas of 6 lines. Its use is mainly confined to America. [William T. Brooke]
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)