Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >
Calm me, my God, and keep me calm. H. Bonar. [Peace.] Appeared in his Hymns of Faith and Hope, 1st series, 1857, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, “The Inner Calm." Its use in Great Britain is fair, but in America it ranks in popularity with the finest of Dr. Bonar's hymns. In one or two hymnals the opening line is altered to "Calm me, blest Spirit, keep me calm," as in Nicholson's Appendix Hymnal, 1866, but this is not popular
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
This tune was composed by James Walch in 1857 for a children's anniversary, and was published in 1860 with other tunes for private circulation. It was wrongly assigned, in the early editions of [The Free Church Hymnal, 1888] to the Rev. F. Pigou.
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