William Shrubsole was born in Sheerness, Kent, in 1759. His first occupation was as a shipwright in Sheerness Dockyard, but he was promoted, and afterwards removed to London, where he at length held the position of Secretary to the Committee of the Treasury in the Bank of England. He died at Highbury, in 1829. Mr. Shrubsole was the author of several hymns, and some articles in the religious magazines of his day.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >
Bright as the sun's meridian blaze. W. Shrubsole, jun. [Missions.] Written for the first meeting of the London Missionary Society, and dated Aug. 10, 1795 (Fathers and Founders of the L. M. Society, 1844). It subsequently appeared in the Evangelical Magazine, Sept., 1795, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, entitled, "On the intended Mission," "O send out Thy light and Thy truth," Ps. xliii. 3, and signed "Junior." Although thus printed anonymously, it "was duly acknowledged by Mr. Shrubsole in his lifetime, and the original manuscript, with numerous corrections, is in the possession of his family, in his own autograph." (Singers and Songs, p. 326.) It was included in some of the older collections, and is still in common use in Great Britain, and America. Original text in Lyra Britannica, 1867, p. 504.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)