Reginald Heber was born in 1783 into a wealthy, educated family. He was a bright youth, translating a Latin classic into English verse by the time he was seven, entering Oxford at 17, and winning two awards for his poetry during his time there. After his graduation he became rector of his father's church in the village of Hodnet near Shrewsbury in the west of England where he remained for 16 years. He was appointed Bishop of Calcutta in 1823 and worked tirelessly for three years until the weather and travel took its toll on his health and he died of a stroke. Most of his 57 hymns, which include "Holy, Holy, Holy," are still in use today.
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Spirit of Truth! on this Thy day. Bishop B. Heber. [Whitsuntide.] Appeared in his posthumous Hymns, &c, 1827, p. 82, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. It is in several modern hymnbooks in Great Britain and America, and usually in an abbreviated form. For the date 1812, sometimes assigned to it, we have no evidence.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: Spirit of Truth, on This Thy DayFirst Line: Spirit of truth, on this Thy dayTune Title: BEDFORDAuthor: Reginald Heber, 1783-1826Meter: CMSource: Published posthumously in Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Service of the Church Year (London: J. Murray, 1827)