Alford, Henry, D.D., son of the Rev. Henry Alford, Rector of Aston Sandford, b. at 25 Alfred Place, Bedford Row, London, Oct. 7, 1810, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating in honours, in 1832. In 1833 he was ordained to the Curacy of Ampton. Subsequently he held the Vicarage of Wymeswold, 1835-1853,--the Incumbency of Quebec Chapel, London, 1853-1857; and the Deanery of Canterbury, 1857 to his death, which took. place at Canterbury, Jan. 12, 1871. In addition he held several important appointments, including that of a Fellow of Trinity, and the Hulsean Lectureship, 1841-2. His literary labours extended to every department of literature, but his noblest undertaking was his edition of the Greek Testament, the result… Go to person page >
Thou that art the Father's Word. H. Alford. [Christmas, or the Epiphany.] This is No. 18 in Dean Alford's Psalms and Hymns, 1844; and No. 32 in his Year of Praise, 1867, in 4 stanzas of 6 lines and the refrain, "Hail, Lord Jesus." In the Irvingite Hymns for the use of the Churches, 1864, No. 21, begins "Songs of glory fill the sky," and is signed in the Index “J.E.L.” (i.e. Jane E. Leeson). In the 1871 edition of that collection it is repeated as No. 121, and in the Index is set forth as by "Dean Alford (altered)." It is really a cento in 3 stanzas of 8 lines and a refrain, of which lines 3 and 7 of stanza i., the whole of stanza ii. and the refrain, are from Dean Alford's hymn.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)