Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >
Far down the ages now. H. Bonar. [The Church Militant.] Published in his Hymns of Faith and Hope, 1st Series, 1857, in 14 stanzas of 4 lines. The centos in common use all begin with stanza i., but differ in the choice of stanzas, and range from five in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, to eight in the New York Hymns and Songs of Praise, 1874. Although in extensive use in various forms, it is seldom that any two collections have the same arrangement.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)