Hastings, Thomas, MUS. DOC., son of Dr. Seth Hastings, was born at Washington, Lichfield County, Connecticut, October 15, 1784. In 1786, his father moved to Clinton, Oneida Co., N. Y. There, amid rough frontier life, his opportunities for education were small; but at an early age he developed a taste for music, and began teaching it in 1806. Seeking a wider field, he went, in 1817, to Troy, then to Albany, and in 1823 to Utica, where he conducted a religious journal, in which he advocated his special views on church music. In 1832 he was called to New York to assume the charge of several Church Choirs, and there his last forty years were spent in great and increasing usefulness and repute. He died at New York, May 15, 1872. His aim was the… Go to person page >
Why should gloomy thoughts arise. T. Hastings. [Faith.] In his Devotional Hymns, 1850, p. 87, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines. Another form of the text "O why should gloomy thoughts arise?" is in the Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. This indicates that the original publication has yet to be found.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)