Thomas, David, D.D., b. Feb. 1, 1813, editor of the Homilist, and for several years minister of the Congregational Church, Stockwell, prepared for that congregation The Biblical Liturgy, 1874, to which he contributed 26 original hymns, of which some two or three have passed into other compilations, including the tender "Shew pity, Lord, for we are frail and faint" (Divine Pity Desired), and "Jehovah, evermore the same" (The Immutability of God.). Died in Dec. 1894.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
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LANGRAN (also known as ST. AGNES) was composed by James Langran (b. London, England, 1835; d. London, 1909) and first published by Novello in a pamplet in 1861 as a setting for the hymn text "Abide with Me." Several other texts have also been set to the tune, which is one of Langran's best. Sing it…