Osler, Edward, was born at Falmouth in January, 1798, and was educated for the medical profession, first by Dr. Carvosso, at Falmouth, and then at Guy's Hospital, London. From 1819 to 1836 he was house surgeon at the Swansea Infirmary. He then removed to London, and devoted himself to literary pursuits. For some time he was associated with the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, both in London and at Bath. In 1841 he became the Editor of the Royal Cornwall Gazette, and took up his residence at Truro. He retained that appointment till his death, at Truro, March 7, 1863. For the Linnaean Society he wrote Burrowing and Boring Marine Animals. He also published Church and Bible; The Voyage: a Poem written at Sea, and in the West Indies,… Go to person page >
Brought to the Font with holy care. E. Osler. [Holy Baptism—General.] First published in Hall’s Mitre Hymn Book, 1836, No. 222, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled “For a Blessing on our Christian Privileges:” and again, with alterations, in the July number of the authors’ Church and King, for 1837. No. 238 in Kennedy, 1863, is the original Mitre text. Although not strictly speaking a hymn for Holy Baptism, yet it is suitable to be sung during a service when that Sacrament has been administered.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)