Blew, William John, M.A., son of William Blew, born April 13, 1808, and educated at Great Ealing School, and Wadham College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. in 1830, and M.A., 1832. On taking Holy Orders, Mr. Blew was Curate of Nuthurst and Cocking, and St. Anne's, Westminster, and for a time Incumbent of St. John's next Gravesend. Besides translations from Homer (Iliad, bks. i., ii., &c.) and Æschylus (Agamemnon the King), and works on the Book of Common Prayer, including a paraphrase on a translation of the same in Latin, he edited the Breviarium Aherdonense, 1854; and published a pamphlet on Hymns and Hymn Books, 1858; and (with Dr. H. J. Gauntlett) The Church Hymn and Tune Book, 1852, 2nd ed. 1855. Tho hymns in this last work are chief… Go to person page >
Adsunt tenebrae primae. [Evening.] An anonymous hymn in Daniel, i. 194, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, from the Mozarabic Breviary (Toledo, 1502, f. 304), Thomasius, Rome, 1747, ii. p. 425, and Migne's Patrologia, tom. 86, col 928. “Ymni de prima vigilia"; also col. 965 See also Daniel, iv. 57, where may be found a severe criticism on one of the lines in the Mozarabic Breviary, which may be the correct reading, notwithstanding. [Rev. W. A. Shoults, B. D.]
Translation in common use:—
1. The night is closing o'er us. By W. J. Blew, first printed on a fly-leaf for use in his own church, and then published in his Church Hymn & Tune Book, 1852. Trin. to Adv., No. 41, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. In 1867 it was transferred to the People's Hymnal, and in 1872 to the Hymnary, No. 622.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)