Isaac Williams was born in London, in 1802. His father was a barrister. The son studied at Trinity College, Oxford, where he gained the prize for Latin verse. He graduated B.A. 1826, M.A. 1831, and B.D. 1839. He was ordained Deacon in 1829, and Priest in 1831. His clerical appointments were Windrush (1829), S. Mary the Virgin's, Oxford (1832), and Bisley (1842-1845). He was Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, from 1832 to 1842. During the last twenty years of his life his health was so poor as to permit but occasional ministerial services. He died in 1865. He was the author of some prose writings, amongst which are Nos. 80, 86 and 87 of the "Oxford Tracts." His commentaries are favourably known. He also published quite a large num… Go to person page >
Lord, in this Thy mercy's day. I. Williams. [Lent—A Metrical Litany.] This hymn is taken from "Image the Twentieth," a poem on "The Day of Days; or, the Great Manifestation," in 105 stanzas of 3 lines, which forms a part of his work, The Baptistery; or, The Way of Eternal Life, 1844. It was given with slight changes in the Cooke & Denton Hymnal, 1853, in 6 stanzas. It has been repeated in full or in part in numerous collections in Great Britain and America, and is a most suitable metrical Litany for Lent.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)