Guthrie, John, D.D., son of John Guthrie, Milnathort, Kinross-shire, was born at Milnathort, May 30, 1814, and after studying at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated M.A. in 1835, was in 1810 ordained minister of the United Secession Church in Kendal. Sympathising with the views of Dr. James Morison, he was, in 1843, deposed, and joined with Dr. Morison in forming the Evangelical Union. He continued in Kendal till 1848, becoming then minister of Dundas St. Evangelical Union Church, Glasgow. In 1851 he went to Greenock; thence, in 1862, to Tolmer's Square, London, returning in 1860 to Glasgow as minister of Howard St. E. U. Church. He died in London, September 18, 1878, while on his way to New Zealand. From 1846 to 1861 he was P… Go to person page >
I'm kneeling at the threshold, aweary, faint, and sore. W. L. Alexander. [Death Anticipated.] "I wrote it," writes Dr. Alexander, "after an evening spent with my venerable father then near the end of his earthly pilgrimage, and when he spoke much of his longing to depart to and join those who had been the companions of his pilgrimage, but had preceded him into the better land." (E. MS.) In 1865 it was printed in the Sunday Magazine in 5 stanzas of 8 lines. From that magazine it first passed into a few American hymnals, and then into the 1874 Supplement to the New Congregational Hymn Book; the Hymnal Companion, 1876, and others. It is the most popular of Dr. Alexander's hymns.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)