Evans, James Harrington, M.A., son of the Rev. Dr. Evans, priest-vicar of Salisbury Cathedral, was born. April 15, 1785, and educated at Wadham College, Oxford, where he graduated in 1803, and became a Fellow in 1805. Taking Holy Orders in 1808 he remained in the Church of England until 1815, when he seceded, and became a Baptist Minister. He was the Minister of John Street Baptist Chapel, Gray's Inn Road, London, for many years. He died at Stonehaven, Scotland, Dec. 1, 1849. His Memoir and Remains were published by his son in 1852. In addition to various prose works, Dialogues on Important Subjects, 1819; Checks to Infidelity, 1840; and others, he also published:—
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Faint not, Christian, though the road. J. H. Evans. [Patient Endurance.] Appeared in the 4th edition of his Hymns Selected chiefly for Public Worship, 1833, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and in the Rev. Carus Wilson's Friendly Visitor, Aug., 1835, with the signature "Alix." It is based on Heb. xii. 3. The hymn, "Fear not, children, though the road," in the Methodist Free Church Sunday School Hymn Book, 1860, No. 311, is composed of stanzas i.—iii., and vi. of this hymn, slightly altered, together with a chorus from another source. It is popular in America.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)