Lynch, Thomas Toke, was born at Dunmow, Essex, July 5, 1818, and educated at a school at Islington, in which he was afterwards an usher. For a few months he was a student at the Highbury Independent College; but withdrew, partly on account of failing health, and partly because his spirit was too free to submit to the routine of College life. From 1847 to 1849 he was Minister of a small charge at Highgate, and from 1849 to 1852 of a congregation in Mortimer Street, which subsequently migrated to Grafton Street, Fitzroy Square. From 1856 to 1859 he was laid aside by illness. In 1860 he resumed his ministry with his old congregation, in a room in Gower Street, where he remained until the opening of his new place of worship, in 1862, (Morningto… Go to person page >
Christ in His Word draws near, p. 705, ii. (Lynch, T. T., No. 3). In the Memoirs of Thomas T. Lynch, edition by William White, (London, 1874), we have the author's account of this hymn in his own words:—
"I will quote the hymn with which I commenced my work of song. It was made on the Monday morning before Christmas Day, whilst I was meditating on yesterday's worship. It is now No. 17 of The Rivulet: "Christ in His word draws near."
This was in 1854, and it was included in The Rivulet the following year.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)