Reginald Heber was born in 1783 into a wealthy, educated family. He was a bright youth, translating a Latin classic into English verse by the time he was seven, entering Oxford at 17, and winning two awards for his poetry during his time there. After his graduation he became rector of his father's church in the village of Hodnet near Shrewsbury in the west of England where he remained for 16 years. He was appointed Bishop of Calcutta in 1823 and worked tirelessly for three years until the weather and travel took its toll on his health and he died of a stroke. Most of his 57 hymns, which include "Holy, Holy, Holy," are still in use today.
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The winds [are] were howling o'er the deep. Bishop R. Heber. [Epiphany, 4 S.] This hymn in 10 stanzas of 4 lines was given in the 1828 edition of Heber's posthumous Hymns, &c, as the 5th hymn for the 4th Sunday after the Epiphany, and is based on the stilling of the tempest, the Gospel for that day (St. Matt, viii. 23). The cento "How long the time since Christ began," in the Leeds Hymn Book 1853, and several others in Great Britain and America is from this hymn. The original in an abbreviated form is in several American hymnals, including the Plymouth Collection, 1855, and others. [William T. Brooke]
Display Title: The Winds Were Howling O'er The DeepFirst Line: The winds were howling o’er the deepTune Title: BROWNAuthor: Reginald Heber, 1783-1826Meter: CMSource: Published posthumously in Hymns Written and Adapted to the Weekly Church Service of the Year (London: J. Murray, 1827)