Balfour, Alexander, was born of poor parents at Monikie, Forfarshire, 1767. For some time he was engaged in business pursuits, but through lack of success therein he entered the publishing house of Messrs. Blackwood, of Edinburgh, as a clerk, in 1818. He died in 1829. He published several works in prose and verse. His hymn, "Go, messenger of peace and love," is noted on p. 430, ii.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
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Go, messenger of peace and love. A. Balfour. [Departure of a Missionary.] This hymn appeared in the Baptist New Selection, 1828, No. 361, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, with the signature of "Balfour." In the revised and enlarged edition, 1838, it retained the same signature, but in the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, revised edition, 1871 and 1880, it was reduced to 6 stanzas and the signature was expanded into "Alexander Balfour, 1828." Beyond this no definite information has been obtained. Its use is limited.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Go, messenger of peace and love, p. 430, ii. Appeared in the Evangelical Magazine, 1822, p. 260.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
Display Title: Go, Messenger Of Peace And LoveFirst Line: Go, messenger of peace and loveTune Title: MISSIONARY CHANTAuthor: Alexander BalfourMeter: LMSource: A New Selection of Hymns (London: J. Haddon, 1828)