Arthur Tozer Russell was born at Northampton, March 20, 1806. He entered S. John's College, Cambridge, in 1824, took the Hulsean Prize in 1825, and was afterwards elected to a scholarship. He was ordained Deacon in 1829, Priest in 1830, and the same year was appointed Vicar of Caxton. In 1852, he was preferred to the vicarage of Whaddon. In 1863, he removed to S. Thomas', Toxteth Park, near Liverpool, and in 1867, to Holy Trinity, Wellington, Salop. He is the editor and author of numerous publications, among them several volumes of hymns.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, 1872.… Go to person page >
Eternity! eternity! How vast, yet near eternity. A. T. Russell. [Eternal Life contemplated.] Appeared in his Psalms & Hymns, 1851, No. 259, in 5 stanzas of 7 lines. In the index it is marked as original, but it is in the metre and set to the melody of "O Ewigkeit" (q.v.). It is suggested by the German but cannot be called a translation of it. It is included (generally from the altered text in Kennedy, 1863, No. 163) in the Ibrox Hymnal, 1871, Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, No. 1021 (where the ascription to "Daniel Wulffer, 1660, (translation) F. E. Cox, 1841," is an error), J. L. Porter's Collection, 1876, &c.; and in America in the Sabbath Hymn Book, 1858, College Hymnal, 1876, &c. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)