Bickersteth, Edward Henry, D.D., son of Edward Bickersteth, Sr. born at Islington, Jan. 1825, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A. with honours, 1847; M.A., 1850). On taking Holy Orders in 1848, he became curate of Banningham, Norfolk, and then of Christ Church, Tunbridge Wells. His preferment to the Rectory of Hinton-Martell, in 1852, was followed by that of the Vicarage of Christ Church, Hampstead, 1855. In 1885 he became Dean of Gloucester, and the same year Bishop of Exeter. Bishop Bickersteth's works, chiefly poetical, are:—
(l) Poems, 1849; (2) Water from the Well-spring, 1852; (3) The Rock of Ages, 1858 ; (4) Commentary on the New Testament, 1864; (5) Yesterday, To-day, and For Ever, 1867; (6) The Spirit of Life, 1868;… Go to person page >
Hark, the nightly church-bell numbers. Bp. F. H. Bickersteth. [Evening.] Written in 1853 and let published in a tract, The Cottager's Handbook of Family Prayers, 1854. It was repeated in his Supplement to his Psalms & Hymns, based on the Christian Psalmody, 1858, No. 7, and again iii his work, The Two Brothers, &c, 1871, p. 247, and entitled, “The Village Evening Hymn."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)