|Short Name:||Robert Collyer|
|Full Name:||Collyer, Robert, 1823-1912|
Collyer, Robert, born at Keighley, Yorkshire, Dec. 8, 1823, at one time a working blacksmith, emigrated to America in 1850, where he was a Methodist local preacher until he joined the Unitarians in 1859; and Pastor of the Church of the Messiah, N.Y., from 1879. Has published several works on various subjects. His hymn, "With thankful hearts, O God, we come" (Dedication of a Church), in the Boston Unitarian Hymns for Church and Home, 1895, is given in Horder's Worship Song, 1905, as "Unto Thy temple, Lord, we come," and appointed for Sunday morning. It was written for the Dedication of Unity Church, Chicago (which was burnt in the great fire of 1870), of which he was the first Pastor in 1859.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)