Anstice, Joseph , M.A., son of William Anstice of Madeley, Shropshire, born 1808, and educated at Enmore, near Bridgwater, Westminster, and Ch. Church, Oxford, where he gained two English prizes and graduated as a double-first. Subsequently, at the ago of 22, he became Professor of Classical Literature at King's College, London; died at Torquay, Feb. 29, 1836, aged 28. His works include Richard Coeur de Lion, a prize poem, 1828; The Influence of the Roman Conquest upon Literature and the Arts in Rome (Oxford prize Essay); Selections from the Choice Poetry of the Greek Dramatic Writers, translated into English Verse, 1832, &c. His hymns were printed a few months after his death, as:— Hymns by the late Joseph Anstice, M.A., formerly Student… Go to person page >
Thou the cup of death didst drain. J. Anstice. [Christ, the Example and Friend.] Published in his Hymns, 1836, No. 29, in 6 stanzas of 8 lines. Included in the Hymnal appended to An Order of Prayer for Use in the Royal College of St. Peter, Westminster, 1889, of which he was a King's Scholar.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)