John Ellerton (b. London, England, 1826; d. Torquay, Devonshire, England, 1893) Educated at King William's College on the Isle of Man and at Trinity College, Cambridge, England, he was ordained in the Church of England in 1851. He served six parishes, spending the longest time in Crewe Green (1860-1872), a church of steelworkers and farmers. Ellerton wrote and translated about eighty hymns, many of which are still sung today. He helped to compile Church Hymns and wrote its handbook, Notes and Illustrations to Church Hymns (1882). Some of his other hymn texts were published in The London Mission Hymn Book (1884).
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Translator: Fenton J. A. Hort
Hort, Fenton John Anthony, D.D., was born Apr. 23, 1828, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, B.A. in 1st class Classical Tripos, 1850, and also in the Moral Science Tripos and the Natural Science Tripos, 1851. He has held several distinguished appointments at his University, has published several learned works, was joint editor with Dr. Westcott of The New Testament in the Original Greek, and sat as one of the Revision Committee of the New Testament. He has translation a few hymns. He died Nov. 30, 1892.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
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Joy! because the circling year . By J. Ellerton and F. J. A. Hort, made for and first published in Church Hymns, 1871. In 1875 it was also included in Hymns Ancient & Modern, No. 153, with the omission of the last four lines. Mr. Ellerton in his note on this hymn (Church Hymns, folio ed., p. xliv.) attributes stanza ii., "Like to quivering tongues of flame," to Bp. Mant's Ancient Hymns, 1837, in error. Mant has no translation of the hymn. The stanza is from Campbell's translation.