Birks, Edward Bickersteth, M.A., son of Professor T. R. Birks, born at Kelshall, Herts, in 1849, and educated at Cholmeley School, Highgale, and Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A. 1870, M.A. 1873, and also a Fellowship 1870). On taking Holy Orders, he became, in 1878, Curate of St. Mary's, Nottingham, and, after six months at Greenwich, in 1880, Vicar of Trumpington in 1881, and Vicar of St. Michael’s, Cambridge, in 1884. Mr. Birks is the author of the metrical Litany, "Light that from the dark abyss," in the Hymnal Companion, 1876. It first appeared in Evening Hours in 1871 (having been composed in 1869 or 1870). Others of his pieces are to be found in Leaves from the Christian Remembrancer.
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Display Title: Light, that from the dark abyssFirst Line: Light, that from the dark abyssTune Title: VENI LUXAuthor: Edward B. PirksMeter: 7s, 8, 4Date: 1899Subject: God | Light; God | Triune; Holy Spirit | Enlightener; Holy Spirit | Worshiped; Praise | to the Holy Trinity; Holy Trinity |