Matthew Bridges was born at Malden, Essex, on July 14, 1800. He began his literary career with the publication of a poem, "Jerusalem Regained," in 1825; followed by a book entitled The Roman Empire under Constantine the Great, in 1828, its purpose being to examine "the real origin of certain papal superstitions." As a result of the influence of John Henry Newman and the Oxford Movement, Bridges became a Roman Catholic in 1848, and spent the latter part of his life in Canada. He died in Quebec on October 6, 1894.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >
There is an everlasting home. M. Bridges. [Christ, the Rock of Ages.] Published in his Hymns of the Heart. For the use of Catholics, 1848, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled "Latus Salvatoris." In its full or abbreviated form it is in several collections, including the People's Hymnal 1867, &c. The tune Mitford, by T. Woolsey White, was specially composed for this hymn.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)