Taylor, Jeremy, D.D. This poet of preachers was born of very humble parentage on both sides, at Cambridge, in August, 1613. His father was a barber. He must have had a good school as a boy. He entered Cams College, of his native city, as a "sizar" in 1626. His career at the university was a brilliant one. He was made fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, in 1632; and rector of Uppingham, Rutlandshire, in 1638, as is still proudly remembered there. He was inevitably "sequestered" by Parliament in 1642. Inexorable necessities of circumstance put him in prison. During the opening of the great Protectorate he kept a school in Wales along with William Nicholson, and acted as chaplain to the Earl of Carberry at Golden Grove, Carmarthenshire, one o… Go to person page >
Lord, come away; why dost Thou stay. Bishop Jeremy Taylor. [The Second Advent.] This hymn, entitled "The Second Hymn for Advent; or, Christ's Coming to Jerusalem in Triumph," appeared in his Festival and Penitential Hymns, appended to his Golden Grove, 1655, in 21 irregular lines. In this form it was included in Bishop Heber's (posthumous) Hymns, &c, 1827, and in Bishop Taylor's Collected Works, vol. vii., 1854. In this form, however, it was not suitable for congregational use. In a rewritten form it appeared in the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, No. 286, as, "Descend to Thy Jerusalem, O Lord." This, with slight variations, was included in the Sarum Hymnal, 1868, as "Draw nigh to Thy Jerusalem, O Lord," and from thence has passed into the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, and others.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)