Thomas Cotterill was born in 1779; studied at S. John's College, Cambridge, graduating M.A.; ordained in 1806, and enterred upon parochial work at Tutbury; afterwards removed to Lane End, where he remained for nine years among the Potteries; in 1817, became perpetual Curate of S. Paul's, Sheffield. He died in 1823. He was the author of several books; among them, "A Selection of Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use, adapted to the Services of the Church of England." In the preparation of this collection (the 8th ed., 1819), he had the assistance of Montgomery, who in this work did what he condemned in others, viz., altering and remodeling other authors' hymns.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872.… Go to person page >
Lord, cause Thy face on us to shine. T. Cotterill. [For a Blessing on Ministers and People.] Contributed to the 8th edition of his Selection, 1819, No. 28, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed, "For God's blessing on His Ministers and People." Although not repeated in the 9th edition, 1820, it was included in other hymnbooks, and is still in common use. The hymn, "O King of Salem, Prince of Peace," in W. F. Stevenson's Hymns for Church and Home, 1873, and other collections, begins with stanza ii. of this hymn.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)