Written by Reginald Heber (1783-1826) while working as a vicar
in Shropshire with the intention of using them in his own church (Houghton, 1982). In 1822 he was offered a Bishop of Calcutta position. He died suddenly after an exhausting day in the sweltering heat. (Browne, 1999). It was published shortly after his death in 'A Selection Of Psalms and Hymns For The Parish Church in Banbury'. The hymn is based in part from Revelations 4:8-11. The tune 'Nicea' - where in 325 the doctrine of The Trinity was first clearly defined - was written by Revd John Bacchus Dykes (1823-76) (Bradley, 1989). Alfred Lord Tennyson said of the hymn that it was 'the finest in the English language'.