Midlane, Albert, was born at Newport, Isle of Wight, Jan. 23, 1825, and was engaged in business in that town for many years. To his Sunday school teacher he ascribes the honour of prompting him to poetic efforts: and the same teacher did much to shape his early life. His first printed hymn, "Hark! in the presence of our God," was written in September, 1842, at Carisbrooke Castle, and printed in the Youth’s Magazine in November of the same year. Since then he has written over 300, and of these a large proportion are in common use. They appeared in magazines and small mission hymn-books, including:—
(1) The Youth's Magazine; (2) The British Messenger; (3) The London Messenger; (4) Trotter's Evangelical Hymn Book, 1860; (5) The Ambassador… Go to person page >
Hark, the voice of Jesus calling, Come ye laden, &c . A. Midlane. [The Invitation of Jesus.] Written in August, 1860, and first published in the Ambassador's Hymn Book, 1861, No. 45, in 4 stanzas of 6 lines. It was repeated in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, No. 497; again in many collections for Evangelical Meetings and Home Mission Services; and also in the author's Gospel Echoes, 1865, No. 41. It is also in common use in America and Canada.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)