John Chandler, one of the most successful translators of hymns, was born at Witley in Surrey, June 16, 1806. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, B.A. 1827, M.A. 1830. Ordained deacon in 1831 and priest in 1832, he succeeded his father as the patron and vicar of Whitley, in 1837. His first volume, entitled The Hymns of the Primitive Church, now first Collected, Translated and Arranged, 1837, contained 100 hymns, for the most part ancient, with a few additions from the Paris Breviary of 1736. Four years later, he republished this volume under the title of hymns of the Church, mostly primitive, collected, translated and arranged for public use, 1841. Other publications include a Life of William of Wykeham, 1842, and Horae s… Go to person page >
This holy morn, so fair and bright. By J. Chandler, appeared in his Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837, pp. 77-8, Latin text, pp. 197-8. In this form it is not in common use; but altered in his Hymns of the Church, 1841, No. 44, to "Bright sunbeams deck the joyful sky," it was included in Dr. Hook's Church School Hymn Book, 1850, No. 84; the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, No. 310; and the Baptist Psalms & Hymns 1858 and 1880, No. 171. In the Leeds Hymn Book. it is attributed to "Rose" in error.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)