Downton, Henry, M.A, son of Mr. John Downton, Sub-Librarian of Trinity College, Cambridge, was born at Pulverbatch, Shropshire, Feb. 12, 1818, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. 1840, and M.A. 1843. Taking Holy Orders in 1843, he became Curate of Bembridge, Isle of Wight, 1843, and of Holy Trinity, Cambridge, 1847. In 1849 he was preferred to the Incumbency of St. John's, Chatham. He went to Geneva as English Chaplain in 1857; and was appointed Rector of Hopton in 1873. He was also for some time Domestic Chaplain to the late Lord Monson. He died at Hopton, June 8, 1885. Mr. Downton published a translation of Professor Ernest Naville's Lectures on Modern Atheism, 1865; and Holy Scripture and the Temperance Qu… Go to person page >
Harp, awake! tell out the story. H. Downton. [New Year.] Appeared in Hymns for the London German Hospital, Dalston, 1848, No. 91; A. T. Russell's Psalms & Hymns, 1851, No. 64, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines; and again in the author's Hymns & Verses, 1873, p. 9. It is in several collections, including the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871; the Westminster Abbey Hymn Book, 1883, and others. In Kennedy, 1863, No. 141, it begins with stanza i., line 5, "Sing we, brethren, faithful hearted." This in Dale's English Hymnal, 1874, is altered to "Join we, brethren, faithful hearted."