Reginald Heber was born in 1783 into a wealthy, educated family. He was a bright youth, translating a Latin classic into English verse by the time he was seven, entering Oxford at 17, and winning two awards for his poetry during his time there. After his graduation he became rector of his father's church in the village of Hodnet near Shrewsbury in the west of England where he remained for 16 years. He was appointed Bishop of Calcutta in 1823 and worked tirelessly for three years until the weather and travel took its toll on his health and he died of a stroke. Most of his 57 hymns, which include "Holy, Holy, Holy," are still in use today.
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Incarnate Word, Who, wont to dwell. Bp. R. Heber. [Epiphany.] Appeared in his (posthumous) Hymns, &c, 1827, p. 32, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and appointed for the 2nd S. after Epiphany. It is given in several collections in an unaltered form. Another form, "Messiah, Lord, Who, wont to dwell," is also in common use. This was given in Martineau's Hymns, 1840.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)