Canton, William, was b. Oct. 27, 1845, on the Isle of Chusan, China, and now (1906) resides in Highgate, London. He is the author of various volumes of poems, of a History of the British and Foreign Bible Society, 1903, &c. Two of his poems are used as hymns in the English Hymnal, 1906, and others.
1. Hold Thou my hands! [Hold Thou me up.] First published in Good Words, May 1893, p. 333, and reprinted in his The Invisible Playmate, 1894, p. 21.
2. Through the night Thy angels kept. [Morning.] From his The Comrades, 1902, p. 233. [Rev. James Mearns. M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
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Display Title: When the herds were watchingFirst Line: When the herds were watchingTune Title: GAMBLEAuthor: William Canton, 1845-1926Meter: 188.8.131.52.D.Date: 1935Subject: For Younger Children | ChristmasSource: Words and music from the Enlarged Songs of Praise: