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Henry Twells
Short Name: Henry Twells
Full Name: Twells, Henry, 1823-1900
Birth Year: 1823
Death Year: 1900

Twells, Henry, M.A., was born in 1823, and educated at St. Peter's College, Cambridge. B.A. 1848, M.A. 1851. Taking Holy Orders in 1849, he was successively Curate of Great Berkhamsted, 1849-51; Sub-Vicar of Stratford-on-Avon, 1851-54; Master of St. Andrew's House School, Mells, Somerset, 1854-56; and Head Master of Godolphin School, Hammersmith, 1856-70. In 1870 he was preferred to the Rectory of Baldock, Herts, and in 1871 to that of Waltham-on-the Wolds. He was Select Preacher at Cambridge in 1873-74, and became an Honorary Canon of Peterborough Cathedral in 1884. Canon Twells is best known by his beautiful evening hymn, "At even ere the sun was set." He also contributed the following hymns to the 1889 Supplemental Hymns to Hymns Ancient & Modern:—
1. Glorious is Thy Name, O Lord. The Name of God.
2. Know ye the Lord hath borne away? Ascension.
3. Not for our sins alone. Plea for Divine Mercy.
4. The voice of God's Creation found me. The Word of God a Light.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Twells, H., p. 1189, i. Canon Twells was born on March 13, 1823, at Ashted, Birmingham, and died at Bournemouth, Jan. 19, 1900. His Memoir, by W. Clavell Ingram, D.D., was published in 1901. His Hymns and other Stray Verses, appeared in 1901i. From it the following additional hymns have come into common use:—
1. Spirit of Truth and Might, 'Tis Thou alone can teach. [Our Words.] On "The Responsibility of Speech," p. 26. In the Sunday School Hymnary, 1905.
2. The day of Pentecost is fully come. [Whitsuntide.] Usually the second stanza is taken as the opening of this hymn. In this form it is given as "Awake, 0 Lord, as in the days of old," in Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1904, the Sunday School Hymnary, 1905, and other collections.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

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Rev. Canon Henry Twells (1823–1900) was an Anglican clergyman, hymn writer and poet. His best known hymn was "At Even, Ere the Sun Was Set", which was put to music by George Joseph, whose tune Angelus was first printed in 1657. He also wrote the well-known poem, "Time's Paces" that depicts the apparent speeding up of time as we become older. A younger brother, Edward Twells, was the first Bishop of Bloemfontein.

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