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 >
O Lord, refresh Thy flock. J. Anstice. [Passiontide.] Appeared in his posthumous Hymns, 1836, No. 27, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and again, with alterations, in the Child's Christian Year, 1841. In the former it is without title or heading of any kind: in the latter it is appointed for "Thursday in Passion Week." It is in several hymnbooks, the text being usually that of the Child's Christian Year.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)