Born: October 17, 1792, Exeter, England.
Died: November 23, 1872, Exeter, England.
Buried: Exeter, England. On his tombstone were the words from his famous hymn: In the Cross of Christ I Glory.
At age 33, Bowring became editor of the Westminster Review. An accomplished linguist, it has been said he was fluent in over 20 languages and could speak 80 more; he was known for his translations of Dutch poetry. He was also one of the preeminent British statesmen of his day: Commissioner to France, Consul at Canton, Minister Plenipotentiary to China, Governor of Hong Kong, and twice a member of Parliament. Queen Victoria knighted him in 1854. His works include:
Matins and Vespers, 1823
Hymns, as a Sequel to the Matins, 1825
Source: The Cyber Hymnal