Anstice, Joseph , M.A., son of William Anstice of Madeley, Shropshire, born 1808, and educated at Enmore, near Bridgwater, Westminster, and Ch. Church, Oxford, where he gained two English prizes and graduated as a double-first. Subsequently, at the ago of 22, he became Professor of Classical Literature at King's College, London; died at Torquay, Feb. 29, 1836, aged 28. His works include Richard Coeur de Lion, a prize poem, 1828; The Influence of the Roman Conquest upon Literature and the Arts in Rome (Oxford prize Essay); Selections from the Choice Poetry of the Greek Dramatic Writers, translated into English Verse, 1832, &c. His hymns were printed a few months after his death, as:— Hymns by the late Joseph Anstice, M.A., formerly Student… Go to person page >
Lord, Thou in all things like wert [wast] made. J. Anstice. [Passiontide.] First published in his (posthumous) Hymns, 1836, No. 21, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and again in the Child's Christian Year, 1841. From the Child's Christian Year it passed as, "In all things like Thy brethren, Thou," into the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, No. 295. This form of the hymn has become popular, and especially with the Nonconformists. It is sometimes attributed to J. Keble.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
John B. Dykes (PHH 147) composed ST. AGNES for [Jesus the Very Thought of Thee]. Dykes named the tune after a young Roman Christian woman who was martyred in A.D. 304 during the reign of Diocletian. St. Agnes was sentenced to death for refusing to marry a nobleman to whom she said, "I am already eng…