Bathurst, William Hiley , M.A., son of the Rt. Hon. Charles Bragge (afterwards Bathurst) some time M.P. for Bristol, born at Clevedale, near Bristol, Aug. 28, 1796, and educated at Winchester, and Christ Church, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1818. From 1820 to 1852 he held the Rectory of Barwick-in-Elmet, near Leeds. Resigning the Rectory in the latter year, through his inability to reconcile his doctrinal views with the Book of Common Prayer, he retired into private life, and died at Lydney Park, Gloucestershire, Nov. 25, 1877. His works include, The Georgics of Virgil: Translated by W. H. B., 1849; Metrical Musings; or, Thoughts on Sacred Subjects in Verse, 1849; and Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use, 1831 (2nd ed. 1842). This last… Go to person page >
Spirit of life, Thine influence shed. W. H Bathurst. [Whitsuntide.] First published in his em>Psalms & Hymns., 1831, No. 56, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "Spiritual Strength and Wisdom desired." In modern hymnals stanzas v. is usually omitted, as in the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)