Gurney, John Hampden, M.A., eldest son of Sir John Gurney, a Baron of the Exchequer, was born in Serjeants’ Inn, London, Aug. 15, 1802, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1824. On taking Holy Orders he became Curate of Lutterworth (1827-1844), and subsequently Hector of St. Mary's, Marylebone, and Prebendary of St. Paul's Cathedral. He died in London, March 8, 1862. The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and other religious societies had his cordial sympathy, and received his active support. His publications include several small volumes in prose, and the following:—
(1) Church Psalmody; Hints for the improvement of a Collection of Hymns published by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1… Go to person page >
Earth to earth, and dust to dust. Lord, we own, &c. J. H. Gurney. [The Resurrection.] Contributed to his Collection of Hymns. (Lutterworth Collection), 1838, No. 42, in 4 stanzas of 6 lines, and repeated in his Psalms & Hymns (Marylebone Collection), 1851, No. 36. It is given, and generally unaltered, in several of the best collections in Great Britain and America. It is a distinct hymn in every way from Dr. G. Croly's "Earth to earth, and dust to dust! Here the evil and the just" (Lyra Britannica, 1867, p. 170), and is very suitable for funerals.
--John Julian Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: Earth to earth and dust to dust, Lord, we own the sentence justFirst Line: Earth to earth and dust to dust, Lord, we own the sentence justTune Title: CROYLANDAuthor: John Hampden GurneyMeter: 777777Date: 1880