Bulmer, John, born in Yorkshire in 1784, educated for the Congregational Ministry at the Rotherham (Masborough) Independent College, and successively pastor at Haverford-west, Rugelcy, Bristol, Newbury, and Langrove, near Ross. He died in 1857. He composed a few hymns, and compiled:—
(1) Hymns, Original and Select, 1834; (2) Hymns and Evangelical Songs for the use of Sunday Schools; (3) Original Hymns intended to be sung at the Public Meetings and other Services of Temperance Societies, 1836; and (4) Beauties of the Vicar of Llandovery: Light from the Welshman's Candle; being translated from the Welsh of Poems by Rees Prichard (died 1644), (2nd edition, 1830). .
From his Collection of 1834 the following are still in common use:—
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Now from the world withdrawn. J. Bulmer. [Evening.] First published in his Hymns, Original and Select, &c, 1835, Bk. i., No. 157, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "The Spirit of Prayer and Holiness implored." It is one of the very few hymns by the author which have come into general use. It is found in its original form in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, No. 975, with, in stanza i., l. 3, "0 Lord" for "dear Lord."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)