Alford, Henry, D.D., son of the Rev. Henry Alford, Rector of Aston Sandford, b. at 25 Alfred Place, Bedford Row, London, Oct. 7, 1810, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in honours, in 1832. In 1833 he was ordained to the Curacy of Ampton. Subsequently he held the Vicarage of Wymeswold, 1835-1853,--the Incumbency of Quebec Chapel, London, 1853-1857; and the Deanery of Canterbury, 1857 to his death, which took. place at Canterbury, Jan. 12, 1871. In addition he held several important appointments, including that of a Fellow of Trinity, and the Hulsean Lectureship, 1841-2. His literary labours extended to every department of literature, but his noblest undertaking was his edition of the Greek Testament, the result… Go to person page >
Blessed are they whose hearts are pure. H. Alford. [St. Bartholomew.] In Alford's Poems, 1868, this hymn is dated 1844. It is not in his Psalms & Hymns of that year. It is found in T. M. Fallow's Selection, 1847. In 1852 it was repeated in The English Hymnal, in 1867 in Alford's Year of Praise, and again in other collections. In the Cooke and Denton Hymnal, 1853, it appears in the Index as "Blessed," &c.; but in the body of the book, No. 175, it begins, "How bless’d are they," &c. In some hymnals, both in Great Britain and America, it is attributed to "J. Conder." [William T. Brooke]
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Blessed are they whose hearts are pure. Appeared in Dean Alford's Poetical Works, 1845, vol. ii., p. 151, and later as stated on p. 147, ii.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)