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Yesterday, To-day, and for Ever
Edward Henry Bickersteth (1825–1906)
 
Yesterday, To-day, and for Ever. A poem in twelve books. By Edward Henry Bickersteth (1866). A work in blank verse, 10,750 lines in length, devoted to imaginative journeyings after death in Hades, Paradise, and Hell, with a review of creation, the Fall, the empire of darkness, redemption, the war against Satan, the victory over Satan, the millennial Sabbath, the Last Judgment, and heaven’s many mansions. The author, who was made bishop of Exeter in 1885, has been in his generation, as his father was in the previous generation, a chief representative in the Church of England of profoundly Evangelical, anti-Romanist, and anti-liberal, pietism and teaching,—a very emotional and earnest pietism and intensely orthodox Low Church teaching. The ‘Christian Psalmody,’ compiled by the father in 1832, which went through 59 editions in seven years, was the most popular hymn-book of the Evangelical school in the Church. The ‘Hymnal Companion,’ prepared by the son (final revised and enlarged edition, 1876), is in use in thousands of churches in England and the colonies. It was to impressively invoke divine and eternal auspices for the doctrines and pietism of the Evangelical party, and to feed Evangelical faith and enthusiasm, that the younger Bickersteth, with Dante and Milton in view, essayed his ambitious task, and executed it with very fair success, at least as to teaching and emotion.  1
 
 
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