Alexander, Cecil Frances, née Humphreys, second daughter of the late Major John Humphreys, Miltown House, co. Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1823, and married in 1850 to the Rt. Rev. W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Mrs. Alexander's hymns and poems number nearly 400. They are mostly for children, and were published in her Verses for Holy Seasons, with Preface by Dr. Hook, 1846; Poems on Subjects in the Old Testament, pt. i. 1854, pt. ii. 1857; Narrative Hymns for Village Schools, 1853; Hymns for Little Children, 1848; Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858; The Legend of the Golden Prayers 1859; Moral Songs, N.B.; The Lord of the Forest and his Vassals, an Allegory, &c.; or contributed to the Lyra Anglicana, the S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hym… Go to person page >
The faithful men of every land. Cecil F. Alexander, ne'e Humphreys. [Holy Catholic Church.] First published in her Hymns for Little Children, 1848, No. 16, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed with the words from the Apostles' Creed, “The Holy Catholic Church." In many instances where the hymn is in common use the following stanzas are omitted (iv., v.):—
”All members of one body vast
With Jesus for their Head,
And Sacraments whereby their souls
Are born again and fed; "
And Bishops good to order them,
And Priests to train and teach,—
This is the Holy Church, wherein
We have our places each."
The hymn in full or in part is in several collections.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)