Parson, Elizabeth, nee Hooker, daughter of the Rev. W. Rooker (for nearly fifty years Congregational Minister at Tavistock), was born at Tavistock, June 5, 1812, and married in 1844 to Mr. T. Edgecombe Parson. She died at Plymouth in 1873. Previous to her marriage (from 1840 to 1844) Mrs. Parson conducted a class for young men and women in the vestry of her father's chapel on Sunday evenings, and to which was given the name of the “Willing Class," because those who came, came "willingly." For this class she wrote from 1840 to 1844 several hymns, some of which came into use through various collections including the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858, and others at a later date. A few years ago 18 of these hymns were collected, and printed for pr… Go to person page >
Saviour, round Thy footstool bending. Elizabeth Parson, née Booker. [Lent.] This is the most beautiful and pathetic of Mrs. Parson's hymns. It was written for her class for young people at Tavistock, and supplied to J. Curwen in manuscript. It was included in Curwen's Child's Hymn Book, 1840, and subsequently printed in Mrs. Parson's Willing-Class Hymns, No. 9, in 3 stanzas of 6 lines. In the Child's Hymn Book it is in 4 stanzas. There are the following forms of the text in common use:—
(1) that in the Child's Hymn Book, in 4 stanzas; (2) the Willing-Class Hymns, in 3 stanzas; (3) the Methodist Sunday School Hymn Book, 1879, No. 262, where st. i., iii. and v. are the original slightly altered, and st. ii. and iv. are from Hodder's Sunday School Hymn Book; and (4) that in the Silver Street (London) Sunday School Companion, 1880, which is No. 2 with alterations. Through these various forms this hymn is in extensive use.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)