Keble, John, M.A., was born at Fairford, in Gloucestershire, on St. Mark's Day, 1792. His father was Vicar of Coln St. Aldwin's, about three miles distant, but lived at Fairford in a house of his own, where he educated entirely his two sons, John and Thomas, up to the time of their entrance at Oxford. In 1806 John Keble won a Scholarship at Corpus Christi College, and in 1810 a Double First Class, a distinction which up to that time had been gained by no one except Sir Robert Peel. In 1811 he was elected a Fellow of Oriel, a very great honour, especially for a boy under 19 years of age; and in 1811 he won the University Prizes both for the English and Latin Essays. It is somewhat remarkable that amid this brilliantly successful career,… Go to person page >
Is it not strange the.darkest hour? J. Keble. [Good Friday.] Published in his Christian Year, 1827, in 10 stanzas of 6 lines. In the American Unitarian Hymns for the Church of Christ, ]853, several lines of this poem are adapted to form a L.M. hymn of 4 stanzas of 4 lines, beginning with Keble's first line. This cento was repeated in the Boston Hymn and Tune Book, 1868.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)