Grant, Sir Robert, second son of Mr. Charles Grant, sometime Member of Parliament for Inverness, and a Director of the East India Company, was born in 1785, and educated at Cambridge, where he graduated in 1806. Called to the English Bar in 1807, he became Member of Parliament for Inverness in 1826; a Privy Councillor in 1831; and Governor of Bombay, 1834. He died at Dapoorie, in Western India, July 9, 1838. As a hymnwriter of great merit he is well and favourably known. His hymns, "O worship the King"; "Saviour, when in dust to Thee"; and "When gathering clouds around I view," are widely used in all English-speaking countries. Some of those which are less known are marked by the same graceful versification and deep and tender feeling. The… Go to person page >
O Saviour, Whose mercy severe in its kindness. Sir R. Grant. [Benefits of Affliction.] This poem is found in Sacred Poetry, 2nd Series, Edinburgh, W. Oliphant & Son, circa 1824, No. 149, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, headed "Benefit of Affliction," and signed "Sir Robert Grant.” In Grant's posthumous Sacred Poems, 1839, it was given unaltered as No. v., with the text "Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest. Psalm xliv. 12." It is given in full in H. W. Beecher's Plymouth Collection, 1855, and other American hymnbooks. In the Boston Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit, 1864, No. 586, "I thought that the course of the pilgrim to heaven," is composed of stanzas v.-vii.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)