Robertson, William, M.A., eldest son of the Rev. John Robertson, D.D., of Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, was born at Cambuslang, July 15, 1820. He studied and graduated M.A. at the University of Glasgow. In 1843 he became parish minister of Monzievaird, Perthshire, where he died June 9, 1864. He was appointed a member of the Hymnal Committee of the Established Church in 1852, 1853, and 1857, and contributed 2 hymns to their Hymns for Public Worship, 1861, since included in their Scottish Hymnal, 1869, which have attained considerable popularity, viz., "A little child the Saviour came" (Christmas), and a version of the Te Deum, which begins, "Thee God we praise, Thee Lord confess." [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
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Let not your hearts with anxious thoughts. William Robertson. [Ascension.] First appeared as No. 14 in the Draft Scottish Translations and Paraphrases, 1745, as a version of John xiv. 1-5, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. In the Draft of 1781, No. 42, stanza iii. was omitted; st. iv, rewritten; and stanza i. slightly altered.
Thence, unaltered, in the public-worship edition issued in that year by the Church of Scotland and still in use. In the markings by the eldest daughter of W. Cameron the original is ascribed to Robertson, and the alterations in the 1781 text to Cameron. The revised text of 1781 is included in the English Presbyterian Psalms & Hymns, 1867, and a few other collections. In Porter's Selection, Glasgow, 1853, it is altered to "Let not your hearts—His Jesus speaks," and in the Twickenham Chapel Collection, 1845, p. 60, to "Let not your hearts be troubled now." [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]