Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.
Critical and Biographical Essay by Alfred H. Miles
Sabine Baring-Gould (18341924)
SABINE BARING-GOULD, historian, antiquarian, novelist, and poet, was born at Exeter on the 28th of January, 1834. He was educated at Clare College, Cambridge, and, taking Holy Orders, became successively Curate of Horbury, near Wakefield; Incumbent of Dalton, Yorks; Rector of East Mersea, Essex; and Rector of Lew Trenchard, Devon (1881). His works are very numerous and varied, the most important being Curious Myths of the Middle Ages (2 series, 186668), The Origin and Development of Religious Belief (2 vols., 186970), and Lives of the Saints (15 vols., 187277). His hymns appeared in the Church Times, Hymns Ancient and Modern, The Peoples Hymnal, and other collections. Perhaps the most perfect of these is the Easter hymn On the Resurrection morning. The most popular are Onward, Christian soldiers and Now the day is over.