Alexander, Cecil Frances, née Humphreys, second daughter of the late Major John Humphreys, Miltown House, co. Tyrone, Ireland, b. 1823, and married in 1850 to the Rt. Rev. W. Alexander, D.D., Bishop of Derry and Raphoe. Mrs. Alexander's hymns and poems number nearly 400. They are mostly for children, and were published in her Verses for Holy Seasons, with Preface by Dr. Hook, 1846; Poems on Subjects in the Old Testament, pt. i. 1854, pt. ii. 1857; Narrative Hymns for Village Schools, 1853; Hymns for Little Children, 1848; Hymns Descriptive and Devotional, 1858; The Legend of the Golden Prayers 1859; Moral Songs, N.B.; The Lord of the Forest and his Vassals, an Allegory, &c.; or contributed to the Lyra Anglicana, the S.P.C.K. Psalms and Hym… Go to person page >
When Christ came down on earth of old. Cecil F. Alexander. [Advent.] Contributed to the S. P. C. K. Hymns, 1852, No. 2, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. This is altered in Kennedy, 1863, to “From heaven when Christ came down of old," and in the Westminster Abbey Hymn Book, 1883, to “When Christ from heaven came down of old." In the Lyra Anglicana, 1862, Mrs. Alexander expanded the original hymn to 8 stanzas of 4 lines, as “When Jesus came to earth of old." This is in Thring's Collection, 1882. From it "O Son of God, in glory crowned," in the Ibrox Hymnal, 1871, is taken.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
Display Title: When Christ Came Down On Earth Of OldFirst Line: When Christ came down on earth of oldTune Title: FRANKAuthor: Cecil F. AlexanderMeter: LMSource: Hymns Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1832