Higginson, Thomas Wentworth, M.A., was born at Cambridge, U.S.A., Dec. 22, 1823, and educated at Harvard. From 1847 to 1850 he was Pastor of an Unitarian Church at Newburyport, and from 1852 to 1858 at Worcester. In 1858 he retired from the Ministry, and devoted himself to literature. During the Rebellion he was colonel of the first negro regiment raised in South Carolina. In addition to being for some time a leading contributor to the Atlantic Monthly, he published Outdoor Papers, 1863; Malbone, 1869; and other works. During his residence at the Harvard Divinity School he contributed the following hymns to Longfellow and Johnson's Book of Hymns, 1846:—
1. No human eyes Thy face may see. God known through love.
2. The land our fathe… Go to person page >
The land our fathers left to us, pp. 521, ii., and 604, ii., together with its companion hymn, "The past is dark with sin and shame," are given in the first instance as by T. W. Higginson; and in the second instance as by S. Johnson. On Putnam's authority, in his Singers and Songs of the Liberal Faith, 1875, these hymns are by Higginson, and not by Johnson.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)