John Williams was born at Deerfield, Mass., in 1817; graduated at Trinity College, Hartford, in 1835; was ordained Deacon, 1838; Priest, 1841; Rector of S. George's, Schenectady, N.Y., 1842; President of Trinity College, 1848-1853; Assistant Bishop of Connecticut, 1851, and sole Bishop, by the death of Bishop Brownell, in 1865. He has edited a number of works of value.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >
Day of wrath, that awful day. By I. Williams. The first stanza of this rendering from the Paris Missal is:—
"Day of wrath!—that awful day
Shall the banner'd Cross display,
Earth in ashes melt away! "
This rendering appeared first in the British Magazine for Jan. 1834, and was repeated in the translator's Thoughts in Past Years, 1838, and his Hymns translated from the Parisian Breviary, 1839. In full, or in part, this translation has been included in the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853; The Parish Hymn Book, 1863-75; Mather's Hymns for the Church of God, 1864; Mercer (based on I. Williams), Oxford edition, 1864, and several others. The rendering in R. Campbell's St. Andrew's Hymns and Anthems is also this by I. Williams, with alterations by Campbell.
--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)