Christopher Wordsworth--nephew of the great lake-poet, William Wordsworth--was born in 1807. He was educated at Winchester, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A., with high honours, in 1830; M.A. in 1833; D.D. in 1839. He was elected Fellow of his College in 1830, and public orator of the University in 1836; received Priest's Orders in 1835; head master of Harrow School in 1836; Canon of Westminster Abbey in 1844; Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge in 1847-48; Vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berks, in 1850; Archdeacon of Westminster, in 1865; Bishop of Lincoln, in 1868. His writings are numerous, and some of them very valuable. Most of his works are in prose. His "Holy Year; or, Hymns for Sundays, Holidays, and other occ… Go to person page >
Thine for ever! thine for ever! C. Wordsworth, Bishop of Lincoln. [Confirmation.] Contributed to the 1869 Appendix to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms & Hymns. It was originally in 4 stanzas of 8 lines, but in later editions of the S. P. C. K. Psalms & Hymns it is given in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. In 1871 it reappeared in the S. P. C. K. Church Hymns, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, this last being the authorized text.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)