1833 - 1920 Author of "O thou, with whom a thousand years and a swift day are one" Wilkinson, William Cleaver, D.D. An American minister, b. at Westfield, Vt., Oct. 19, 1833, educated at Rochester University, and ordained in 1859. He has been pastor at New Haven and Cincinnati, and since 1892 professor at the University of Chicago, having previously held a similar professorship in Rochester University and Rochester Theological Seminary. He has been extensively engaged in literary work, and has published, together with other productions, Poems, 1883. Of his hymns, the following are in common use:—
1. O Thou with Whom a thousand years, And a swift day are one. [For an Anniversary.] Written in 1882, and published in his Poems, 1883.
2. The stately angels of the Lord. [Ministry of Angels.] Written in 1897, for Sursum Corda, and included therein, 1898.
3. What angels brought Messiah cheer. [Ministry of Angels.] Also written in 1897 for Sursum Corda, and published therein, 1898.
4. What we have builded, Lord, be Thine. [Dedication of a Building.] Written in 1879, and included in his Poems, 1883.
5. When Jesus in the wilderness. [Ministry of Angels.] Written in 1897 for Sursum Corda, and published therein, 1898.
In the preface to Sursum Corda we are informed that the editors are indebted to Dr. Wilkinson "for writing by request some admirable hymns on the neglected topic of Angels." These are Nos. 2,3, and 5 above. [Rev. L. F. Benson, D.D.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
William Cleaver Wilkinson