Born: Ap­ril 21, 1783, Ma­lpas, Che­shire, Eng­land.

Died: Ap­ril 3, 1826, Tri­chin­o­po­ly (Tir­u­chir­ap­pal­li), Ta­mil Na­du, In­dia, of a ce­reb­ral hem­or­rhage while bath­ing.

Buried: St. John’s Church, Tri­chin­o­po­ly, Tam­il Nadu, In­dia (north side of the al­tar).

Heber at­tend­ed Brase­nose Coll­ege, Ox­ford, where he won a num­ber of awards in Eng­lish and La­tin. He re­ceived a fel­low­ship to All Souls Coll­ege, and lat­er be­came Rec­tor at Hod­net, Shrop­shire, Eng­land. In 1823, he be­came, some­what re­luct­ant­ly, Bi­shop of Cal­cut­ta, In­dia. Most of his hymns were not pub­lished un­til af­ter his death; 57 of them ap­peared in Hymns Writ­ten and Adapt­ed to the Week­ly Church Ser­vice of the Year (Lon­don: J. Mur­ray, 1827).



  1. Beneath Our Feet, and o’er Our Head
  2. Bread of the World, in Mercy Broken
  3. Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morn­ing
  4. By Cool Siloam’s Shady Rill
  5. Creator of the Rolling Flood
  6. Feeble Pulse, the Gasping Breath, The
  7. Forth from the Dark and Stormy Sky
  8. From Foes That Would the Land Devour
  9. From Greenland’s Icy Mountains
  10. God Is Gone Up with a Merry Noise
  11. God of Glory Walks His Round, The
  12. God, That Madest Earth and Heaven
  13. Ho­ly, Ho­ly, Ho­ly
  14. Hosanna to the Living Lord
  15. Lo, the Lilies of the Field
  16. Lord of Mercy and Might
  17. Lord of Might from Sinai’s Brow, The
  18. Lord Will Come! The Earth Shall Quake, The
  19. O Captain of God’s Host
  20. O God, by Whom the Seed Is Given
  21. O God, My Sins Are Manifold
  22. O Hand of Bounty, Largely Spread
  23. O King of Earth, and Air, and Sea
  24. O More Than Merciful, Whose Bounty Gave
  25. O Most Merciful! O Most Bountiful
  26. O Savior, Whom This Ho­ly Morn
  27. O Thou, Who Gav’st Thy Servant Grace
  28. O Thou, Whom Nei­ther Time Nor Space
  29. O Weep Not o’er Thy Children’s Tomb
  30. Oh, Savior, Is Thy Promise Fled
  31. Room for the Proud! Ye Sons of Clay
  32. Sit Thou on My Right Hand
  33. Son of God Goes Forth to War, The
  34. Sound of War in Earth and Air, The
  35. Spirit of Truth, on This Thy Day
  36. There Was Joy in Heaven
  37. Thou Art Gone to the Grave
  38. Though Sorrows Rise and Dangers Roll
  39. To Conquer and Save, the Son of God
  40. Virgin-Born, We Bow Before Thee
  41. Wake Not, O Mother, Sounds of Lamenta­tion
  42. When on Her Maker’s Bosom
  43. When Spring Unlocks the Flowers
  44. When Through the Torn Sail
  45. Who Yonder on the Desert Heath
  46. World Is Grown Old, Her Pleasures are Past, The


  1. Calcutta