Born: March 2, 1811, St Col­umb’s, Lon­don­der­ry, Ire­land.

Died: Ap­ril 9, 1875, Guil­ford, Sur­rey, Eng­land.

Buried: Guil­ford Cem­e­te­ry, Sur­rey, Eng­land.

Monsell, son of the arch­dea­con of Lon­don­der­ry, Ire­land, at­tend­ed Trin­i­ty Coll­ege in Dub­lin, and was or­dained in 1834. In 1853, he was as­signed to a post in Eng­land. He was Vic­ar of Eg­ham, Sur­rey, un­til 1870, and Rec­tor at St. Nicho­las’, Guild­ford, un­til 1875, when he was killed by a fall from the roof of the church while it was be­ing re­built. His 11 vol­umes of po­e­try en­com­pass al­most 300 hymns. His works in­clude:



  1. Awake, Glad Soul
  2. Birds Have Their Quiet Nests
  3. Blessed Hope, That We the Fallen
  4. Blessed Lord, Who, Till the Morn­ing
  5. Bounteous Blesser of the Seedtime
  6. Brightly Hopeful for the Future
  7. Broken, Contrite Heart Oppressed, The
  8. Christ Incarnate in His Poor
  9. Christ Is Risen! Hallelujah!
  10. Church of God, with Equal Pray­er, The
  11. Come and Deck the Grave with Flowers
  12. Dark and Dim the Daylight Rose
  13. Few Bright Leaders of Her Host, A
  14. Fight the Good Fight with All Thy Might
  15. Friend of the Friendless and the Lone
  16. God Is Love, by Him Upholden
  17. God of That Glorious Gift of Grace
  18. Good Old Times, How Glorious, The
  19. Happy, Happy, Christmas, A
  20. Heart in Heart, and Hand in Hand
  21. Ho­ly Offerings, Rich and Rare
  22. Ho­ly Spirit, Long Expected
  23. Hours and Days and Months and Year
  24. I Have No Comfort but Thy Love
  25. I Hunger and I Thirst
  26. I Knew Thee in the Land of Drought
  27. I Think of Thee, My God, by Night
  28. In Thee, My God, Will We Rejoice
  29. Jesus, Gentle Sufferer, Say
  30. Jesus, My Loving Lord! I Know
  31. Journey Done; The Rest Begun, The
  32. Laboring and Heavy-Laden
  33. Last Sun­day of the Work-Day Year
  34. Lay the Precious Body
  35. Light of the World, We Hail Thee
  36. Lord, Dependent on Thy Promise
  37. Lord of the Living Harvest
  38. Lord, to Whom Except to Thee?
  39. Lord, What Records of Thy Love
  40. Loved by God, the Father
  41. Members of Christ, Children of God
  42. Mercy, Mercy, God the Father
  43. Mighty Father, Blessed Son
  44. My God, What Wondrous Love Was Thine
  45. My Head Is Low, My Heart Is Sad
  46. My Sins Have Taken Such a Hold on Me
  47. My Sins, My Sins, My Savior
  48. O for a Heart More Fervent
  49. O for the Time When on the World
  50. O God, Most Mighty, Listen Now
  51. O Ho­ly Sabbath Day
  52. O Love Divine and Golden
  53. O Wor­ship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness
  54. O’er the Distant Mountains Breaking
  55. Oft Doth the Christ­ian’s Heart Inquire
  56. On Our Way Rejoicing
  57. One Lesson More the Church Must Learn
  58. Other Name Than Our Dear Lord’s
  59. Pity on Us, Heavenly Father
  60. Praise the Lord, Rejoice, Ye Gentiles
  61. Proudly in His Hall of Judgment
  62. Rest of the Weary
  63. Shadow of a Mighty Rock
  64. Simple Trust That Can Confide, The
  65. Sing, O Heaven; O Earth, Rejoice
  66. Sinful, Sighing to be Blest
  67. Sing to the Lord a Joyful Song
  68. Sing to the Lord of Harvest
  69. So Teach Me Lord, to Number
  70. Soon and For Ever
  71. Springtide Hour Brings Leaf and Flower, The
  72. Sweet Is the Gentle Voice of Spring
  73. Sweet Is Thy Mercy, Lord
  74. Teach Me to Do the Thing That Pleaseth Thee
  75. This Day the Lord Is Risen
  76. Thou Art Near, Yes, Lord, I Feel It
  77. Though Thou Slay Me, I Will Trust
  78. To Christ the Lord! The Incarnate Word
  79. To Thee, O Dear, Dear Savior!
  80. We Ask for Life, and Mean Thereby
  81. Weary and Sad, a Wanderer from Thee
  82. When Cold Our Hearts
  83. When I Had Wandered from His Fold
  84. Why Restless, Why So Weary?
  85. World May in Its Wealth Delight, The
  86. Wouldst Thou Learn the Depths of Sin?
  87. Yes, I Do Feel, My God, That I Am Thine


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