Keble, John, M.A., was born at Fairford, in Gloucestershire, on St. Mark's Day, 1792. His father was Vicar of Coln St. Aldwin's, about three miles distant, but lived at Fairford in a house of his own, where he educated entirely his two sons, John and Thomas, up to the time of their entrance at Oxford. In 1806 John Keble won a Scholarship at Corpus Christi College, and in 1810 a Double First Class, a distinction which up to that time had been gained by no one except Sir Robert Peel. In 1811 he was elected a Fellow of Oriel, a very great honour, especially for a boy under 19 years of age; and in 1811 he won the University Prizes both for the English and Latin Essays. It is somewhat remarkable that amid this brilliantly successful career,… Go to person page >
Awake, again the Gospel trump is blown. J. Keble. [Advent.] Written on Dec. 26, 1823, and first published in his Christian Year, 1827, in 13 stanzas of 6 lines for Advent Sunday, with the text from the Epistle of that day, "Now it is high time to awake out of sleep, for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed." Its use as a hymn for public worship is very limited. In Kennedy, 1863, No. 19, stanzas i., v., xii. and xiii., are given with the change in stanza v., l. 1, of "E'en so," to "Behold the world."
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)