Irons, William Josiah, D.D., son of Joseph Irons, was born at Hoddesdon, Herts, Sep. 12, 1812, and educated at Queen's College, Oxford (B.A. 1833, D.D. 1854), and took Holy Orders 1835. In 1837 he became Incumbent of St. Peter's, Walworth, and was subsequently Vicar of Barkway, Incumbent of Brompton, Rector of Wadingham; and in 1872, Rector of St. Mary-Woolnoth, formerly held by his father's friend, John Newton. He was also Bampton Lecturer in 1870, and Prebendary of St. Paul's Cathedral. He died June 18, 1883. Dr. Irons took a somewhat prominent part in the ecclesiastical controversies of his day, and published extensively thereon in the form of Sermons, Letters, Pamphlets, &c. His important work, the Bampton Lectures, 1870, was on Christi… Go to person page >
To Whom but Thee, O God of grace. W. J. Irons. [Seven Words from the Cross.] In his Hymns for Use in Church, 1866, Dr. Irons included seven hymns on the words on the Cross, and repeated them in his Psalms & Hymns, 1873-75, as follows:—
1. To whom but Thee, 0 God of grace. St. Luke xxiii. 34.
2. Thy presence, Lord, is heaven to those. St. Matt, xxvii. 46.
3. Jesu! Who for us didst bear. St. John xix. 28.
4. 0 Thou, Our God, Who hearest prayer. St. Luke xxiii. 43.
5. Son of God in glory reigning. St. John xix. 26.
6. It is not finished! Lord of grace (1866). Lord, is it finished? God of grace (1873). St. John xix. 30.
7. Faithful Creator, Lord divine. St. Luke xxiii. 46.
Most of these hymns have passed into other collections, but their use is limited.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)