Keble, John, M.A., was born at Fairford, in Gloucestershire, on St. Mark's Day, 1792. His father was Vicar of Coln St. Aldwin's, about three miles distant, but lived at Fairford in a house of his own, where he educated entirely his two sons, John and Thomas, up to the time of their entrance at Oxford. In 1806 John Keble won a Scholarship at Corpus Christi College, and in 1810 a Double First Class, a distinction which up to that time had been gained by no one except Sir Robert Peel. In 1811 he was elected a Fellow of Oriel, a very great honour, especially for a boy under 19 years of age; and in 1811 he won the University Prizes both for the English and Latin Essays. It is somewhat remarkable that amid this brilliantly successful career,… Go to person page >
'Tis gone, that bright and orbed blaze. J. Keble. [Evening.] Dated Nov. 25, 1820, and first published in his Christian Year, 1827, in 14 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed with the text "Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. St. Luke xxiv. 29." The centos from this poem in common use are:—
1. Sun of my soul, Thou Saviour dear. This cento was given in three stanzas in Elliott's Psalms & Hymns, 1835. This was repeated in numerous hymnals, sometimes in the same form, but usually with additional stanzas, until it has become one of the foremost hymns in the English language. It has been translated into several languages. Those in Latin include, "Sol animae vitaeque meae, praedulcis Jesu" (4 stanzas), by R. Bingham, in his Hymnologia Christiana Latina, 1871; and "Sol meus! 0 mi Salvator!" (4 stanzas), by H. M. Macgill, in his Songs of the Christian Creed and Life, 1876.
2. The Rulers of this Christian land. This cento, For those in Authority, is in limited use.
3. Thou Framer of the light and dark. This cento "For the High Court of Parliament" is in the 1863 Appendix to the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Psalms &Hymns; the Hymnal Companion, and others, and is admirably suited for the purpose.
4. When the soft dews of kindly sleep. This cento for Evening was given in the Salisbury Hymn Book, 1857; the Sarum Hymnal, 1868, and others.