Gurney, John Hampden, M.A., eldest son of Sir John Gurney, a Baron of the Exchequer, was born in Serjeants’ Inn, London, Aug. 15, 1802, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1824. On taking Holy Orders he became Curate of Lutterworth (1827-1844), and subsequently Hector of St. Mary's, Marylebone, and Prebendary of St. Paul's Cathedral. He died in London, March 8, 1862. The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and other religious societies had his cordial sympathy, and received his active support. His publications include several small volumes in prose, and the following:—
(1) Church Psalmody; Hints for the improvement of a Collection of Hymns published by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1… Go to person page >
Lord, as to Thy dear Cross we flee. J. H. Gurney. [Resignation, or The Daily Cross.] First published in his Lutterworth Collection of Hymns, 1838, No. 127, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and again in the Mary-le-bone Psalms & Hymns, 1851, No. 112. It is given in numerous collections in Great Britain and America, and sometimes as, "As to Thy Cross, dear Lord, we flee." Another altered form is "Lord, as we put our trust in Thee," in Common Praise, 1879.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)