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 >
Jesu, Saviour, Son of God, Bearer of the sinner's load. H. Bonar. [Behold the Man.] Appeared in his Hymns of Faith and Hope, 2nd series, 1861, in 36 lines, and headed, "Ecce Homo!" In Dale's English Hymn Book, 1874, it is abridged to 6 stanzas of 4 lines It is a most suitable hymn for Passiontide.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Jesus, Saviour, Son of God. [A Child's Prayer.] The earliest form of this hymn which we have seen is No. 740 in Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
AUS DER TIEFE (also called HEINLEIN) was published in the Nürnbergisches Gesang-Buch (1676-77) as a setting for Christoph Schwamlein's text based on Psalm 130 "Aus der Tiefe rufe ich" ("Out of the Depths I Cry"). In that songbook the tune was attributed to "M. H.," initials that are generally acce…