Thrupp, Joseph. Francis, M.A., son of a solicitor, was born May 20,1827, and educated at Winchester School and Trinity College, Cambridge. At Winchester he gained the Heathcote and Duncan prizes, and the Queen's gold medal for an English poem, and was Head Prefect during his last year. He graduated in 1849 as 7th Wrangler, and 11th in the 1st class of the Classical Tripos. In 1850 he was elected a Fellow of his college. Taking Holy Orders in 1852, he was appointed Vicar of Barrington, Cambridge, in 1852, and Select Preacher before the University in 1865. He was also for some time a member of the Board of Theological Studies, and was associated with the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge some 20 years. He died at Surbiton, Sept. 24,… Go to person page >
Awhile in spirit, Lord, to Thee. J. F. Thrupp. [Lent.] One of the best known and most popular of Mr. Thrupp's hymns. It was written for and first published in his Psalms and Hymns for Public Worship, 1853, No. 64, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. In 1861 the Rev. F. Pott included it in his Hymns, &c, No. 72, with stanzas iii. and iv. transposed, some minor alterations, and a doxology from the Latin. This form was repeated in Church Hymns, 1871, No. 103. Original text in Thring's Collection, 1882, No. 154, with stanza i., 1. 2, "Into the desert would we flee," for “Would we unto the desert flee,” an alteration from the Rev. F. Pott as above. The text of Hymns & Songs of Praise: N. Y., 1874, is that of the Rev. F. Pott with a slight alteration, and the omission of the doxology.