Great God, while we surround Thy throne. [Sunday School Teachers' Prayer.] Appeared anonymously in the Sunday School Union Teachers' Hymn Book, 1846, No. 65, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. In the Leeds Sunday School U. Hymn Book, 1879, No. 328, it is enlarged to 5 stanzas of 4 lines.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)