Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >
The Son of God in mighty love. H. Bonar. [Christmas.] This hymn is given on p. 161, ii., as first appearing in Bonar's Hymns of Faith and Hope, 1857, in error. It was published in his Songs for the Wilderness, first edition, 1843, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, with the heading "The Word made Flesh." It was repeated in his Hymns of Faith and Hope, 1857, in the same form. In addition to being in common use in its original form, it is abbreviated as "In love, the Father's sinless Child" (stanzas ii.); and "Jesus, Whom angel-hosts adore."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)