William Bengo Collyer was born at Blackheath Hill, in 1782, and studied at Homerton College. Before completing his twentieth year he became pastor of a Congregational society at Peckham, continuing in that position through his life. He died in 1854. He received the degree of D.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 1808. For many years he was one of the most popular Dissenting ministers in London. He published many hymns and some works on theology.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >
When bending o'er [on] the brink of life. W. B. Collyer. [Death anticipated.] Published in his Collection, &c, 1812, No. 827, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. It is found in several modern hymnals, but usually in an abbreviated form. It presents death in its saddest form, and embodies a prayer for divine assistance. In several American collections, including the Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849; their new Methodist Hymnal, 1878; and others, it is rewritten in S.M. as, "When on the brink of death."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
When bending o'er the brink of life, p. 1268, i. In the Evangelical Magazine, 1805, p. 480.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
Display Title: When Bending O'er The Brink Of LifeFirst Line: When bending o’er the brink of lifeTune Title: ABRIDGEAuthor: William B. CollyerMeter: CMSource: Hymns Partly Collected and Partly Original (London: 1812)