Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >
O Everlasting Light. H. Bonar. [Christ in All]. Published in the 2nd Series of his Hymns of Faith and Hope, 1861, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "Christ in All." It deals with Christ as the Everlasting "Light," "Rock," "Fount," "Health," "Truth," "Strength," "Love," and "Rest" of His people. It is in extensive use, and sometimes as "Jesus, my Everlasting Light."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)