Keble, John, M.A., was born at Fairford, in Gloucestershire, on St. Mark's Day, 1792. His father was Vicar of Coln St. Aldwin's, about three miles distant, but lived at Fairford in a house of his own, where he educated entirely his two sons, John and Thomas, up to the time of their entrance at Oxford. In 1806 John Keble won a Scholarship at Corpus Christi College, and in 1810 a Double First Class, a distinction which up to that time had been gained by no one except Sir Robert Peel. In 1811 he was elected a Fellow of Oriel, a very great honour, especially for a boy under 19 years of age; and in 1811 he won the University Prizes both for the English and Latin Essays. It is somewhat remarkable that amid this brilliantly successful career,… Go to person page >
This livelong night we've toiled in vain. J. Keble. [Obedience.] This poem is dated 1821. It appeared in the Christian Year, 1827, for the 5th Sunday after Trinity, and based upon a portion of the Gospel of the day, St. Luke v. 1, &c. In its original form it is unknown to modern hymnals, but a cento compiled from its 15 stanzas is given in the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859, beginning with stanza i.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)