Christopher Wordsworth--nephew of the great lake-poet, William Wordsworth--was born in 1807. He was educated at Winchester, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A., with high honours, in 1830; M.A. in 1833; D.D. in 1839. He was elected Fellow of his College in 1830, and public orator of the University in 1836; received Priest's Orders in 1835; head master of Harrow School in 1836; Canon of Westminster Abbey in 1844; Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge in 1847-48; Vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berks, in 1850; Archdeacon of Westminster, in 1865; Bishop of Lincoln, in 1868. His writings are numerous, and some of them very valuable. Most of his works are in prose. His "Holy Year; or, Hymns for Sundays, Holidays, and other occ… Go to person page >
When the Lord of Hosts ascended. Bishop C. Wordsworth. [Whitsunday.] First published in his Holy Year, 1863, it was given in two parts, Pt. ii. being "Not in fire from heaven descending," the text throughout being revised by the author. Three centos therefrom are in common use: (1) Opening with stanza i.; (2) "Guide of sinners, go before us;" (3) "Holy Ghost, Divine Creator."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)