Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >
I weep, but do not yield. H. Bonar. [Lent. Chastisement.] Appeared in the first series of his Hymns of Faith and Hope, 1857, in 22 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The Rod." From this poem the following centos are in common use:—
1. I weep, but do not yield. The original text abridged.
2. Come nearer, nearer still. In Newman Hall's Christ Church Hymnal, 1876.
3. I did Thee wrong, my God. In several collections in G. Britain and America.
4. I said, my God, at length. In the 1874 Supplement to the New Congregational Hymn Book.
5. My sky was once noon-bright. In the American Sabbath Hymn Book, 1858.
Through these centos the poem has become well known and widely appreciated.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)