John M. Neale's life is a study in contrasts: born into an evangelical home, he had sympathies toward Rome; in perpetual ill health, he was incredibly productive; of scholarly temperament, he devoted much time to improving social conditions in his area; often ignored or despised by his contemporaries, he is lauded today for his contributions to the church and hymnody. Neale's gifts came to expression early–he won the Seatonian prize for religious poetry eleven times while a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, England. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1842, but ill health and his strong support of the Oxford Movement kept him from ordinary parish ministry. So Neale spent the years between 1846 and 1866 as a warden of Sackvi… Go to person page >
The fast as taught by holy lore. By J. M. Neale, from the Sarum text. Appeared in the Hymnal Noted, 1854; and repeated in the Hymner, 1882. In Skinner's Daily Service Hymnal, 1863, it begins with stanza iv., "In prayer together let us fall." This form is also in some American collections.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)