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 >
Praises to Him Who built the hills. H.Bonar. [Praise of the Trinity. ] Published in his Hymns of Faith and Hope, 1861, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled “Praise." It had previously appeared in the American Sabbath Hymn Book, 1858,*No. 409. It is also in the American Baptist Service of Song, Boston, 1871, in 5 stanzas, beginning with st. iii., "Praises to Him Whose love has given." In the Hymnary, 1872, it is again altered as "All praise to Him Who built the hills," and is appointed for Septuagesima.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)