Born: Oc­to­ber 7, 1810, Blooms­bu­ry, Mid­dle­sex, Eng­land.

Died: Jan­u­ary 12, 1871, Can­ter­bu­ry, Kent, Eng­land. For his own ep­i­taph, he wrote: “The inn of a pil­grim tra­vel­ing to Je­ru­sa­lem.”

Buried: St. Mar­tin’s, Can­ter­bu­ry, Kent, Eng­land.

Alford wrote the following in his Bi­ble at age 16:

I do this day in the pre­sence of God and my own soul re­new my cov­e­nant with God and sol­emn­ly de­ter­mine hence­forth to be­come his and to do his work as far as in me lies.

Alford at­tend­ed Il­min­ster Gram­mar School and Trin­i­ty Coll­ege, Cam­bridge, and was or­dained in 1833. He was Cur­ate at Wink­field, Wilt­shire, and Amp­ton, and Vic­ar at Wyme­swold, Lei­ces­ter­shire (where he served 18 years). In 1853, he went to Que­bec Cha­pel, Lon­don; in 1857, he be­came dean of Can­ter­bury Ca­thed­ral. He was al­so a schol­ar, pro­duc­ing vol­umes on Homer, Eng­lish po­et­ry, and the Greek New Test­a­ment. His works in­clude:

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Hymns

  1. Brightly Did the Light Divine
  2. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
  3. Forward! Be Our Watchword
  4. Herald in the Wilderness
  5. Highest and the Holiest Place, The
  6. I Know Not If or Dark or Bright
  7. In Token That Thou Shalt Not Fear
  8. Let the Church of God Rejoice
  9. Not in Anything We Do
  10. O Thou at Whose Divine Command
  11. O Thou Who Hast Thy Servants Taught
  12. O Why on Death So Bent?
  13. Of All the Honors Man May Wear
  14. Our Year of Grace Is Wearing to a Close
  15. Savior, Thy Father’s Promise Send
  16. Since We Kept the Savior’s Birth
  17. Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand
  18. Thou That Art the Father’s Word
  19. Thou Who on That Wondrous Journey
  20. Through Israel’s Coasts in Times of Old
  21. Thy Blood, O Christ, Hath Made Our Peace
  22. We Walk by Faith
  23. When in the Lord Jehovah’s Name