Monsell, John Samuel Bewley, L.L.D., son of Thomas Bewley Monsell, Archdeacon of Londonderry, was born at St. Columb's, Londonderry, March 2,1811, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin (B.A. 1832, LL.D. 1856). Taking Holy Orders in 1834, "he was successively Chaplain to Bishop Mant, Chancellor of the diocese of Connor, Rector of Ramoan, Vicar of Egham, diocese Worcester, and Rector of St. Nicholas's, Guildford. He died in consequence of a fall from the roof of his church, which was in the course of rebuilding, April 9, 1875. His prose works include Our New Vicar, 1867; The Winton Church Catechist, &c. His poetical works are:—
(1) Hymns and Miscellaneous Poems, Dublin, W. Curry, Jun., & Co., 1837; (2) Parish Musings, or Devotional Poem… Go to person page >
God of that glorious gift of grace. J. S. B. Monsell. [Holy Baptism.] First published in his Hymns and Miscellaneous Poems, Dublin, 1837, p. 44, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "Baptismal Hymn." It was repeated in his Parish Musings, 1850, but omitted, strangely enough, from his Parish Hymnal, 1873, although ranking in popularity with the best of his hymns. It is found in many of the best collections, including the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, No. 222; Hymnal Companion, 398; the Wesleyan Hymn Book, No. 896, and others, and usually without alteration, as in Lord Selborne's Book of Praise, 1862 and 1867. Its use has also extended to most English-speaking countries.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)