Bathurst, William Hiley, a clergyman of the Church of England, was born at Cleve Dale, ar Bristol, England, August 28, 1796. He was the son of Charles Bragge, who was member of Parliament for Bristol, and who, upon inheriting his uncle's estate, assumed his name, Bathurst. He graduated at Christ Church College, Oxford, and was ordained a priest of the Church of England in 1819. The following year he became rector of Barwick-in-Elmet, Yorkshire, where he mained thirty-two years. His biographer, speaking of these years of ministerial service, says: |Faithfully devoting himself to the spiritual welfare of his parishioners, he greatly endeared himself to them all by his eminent piety, his great simplicity of character, his tender love, and his abundant generosity.| In 1852 he resigned his living and retired to private life because of conscientious scruples in relation to parts of the baptismal and burial services of the Church. In 1863, upon the death of his older brother, he succeeded to the family estate of Sidney Park, Gloucestershire, where he died November 25, 1877. His published works are: Psalms and Hymns for Public and Private Use, 1831 (which volume contains 132 psalms and 206 hymns from his pen); The Georgics of Virgil, 1849; Metrical Musings; or, Thoughts on Sacred Subjects in Verse, 1849.
O for a faith that will not shrink 424
O for that flame of living fire 187