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 >
Mrs. Bonar is chiefly known through her hymn:—
Pass away, earthly joy. Jesus, all in all, which appeared in the Songs for the Wilderness, 2nd Series, 1844, and again in the Bible Hymn Book, 1845, No. 108, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines, including the refrain, "Jesus is mine!" The original text is given in Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book. 1372, No. 661. Sometimes this is altered to "Fade, fade, each earthly joy," as in the American Songs for the Sanctuary, 1865, No. 114, and others. The last stanza of this hymn is also st. iv. of the cento, "Now I have found a friend," &c. (q. v.)
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)