Gerard Thomas Noel was born in 1782. His studies were pursued at the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge. He graduated M.A. from Trinity College, Cambridge. He was successively Curate of Radwell, Vicar of Rainham, and Curate of Richmond. In 1834, he was Canon of Winchester, and in 1840, Vicar of Romsey, were he died in 1851. He published some Sketches of Travel, and a Selection of Psalms and Hymns.
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If human kindness meets return. G. T. Noel. [Gratitude. Holy Communion.] Given as No. 45 in 4 stanzas of 4 lines in the first edition of his Psalms & Hymns, 1810. In the 3rd ed., 1820, it is No. 61. It is also in the author's Arvendel, or Sketches in Italy and Switzerland, 1826. It is in extensive use in Great Britain and America, and usually unaltered, as in the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859; and others.
The tune NOEL (also used at 185) is also known as EARDISLEY or GERARD. Arthur Seymour Sullivan (b Lambeth, London. England. 1842; d. Westminster, London, 1900) adapted this traditional English melody (probably one of the variants of the folk song "Dives and Lazarus"), added phrases of his own to rec…
Display Title: If Human Kindness Meets ReturnFirst Line: If human kindness meets returnTune Title: NOELAuthor: Gerard T. NoelMeter: CMDSource: A Selection of Psalms and Hymns (London: J. Hatchard, 1810)