Born: March 6, 1802, Bun­hill Row, Fins­bu­ry, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Died: De­cem­ber 23, 1872, Hack­ney, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Buried: West Nor­wood Ce­me­te­ry, Lam­beth, Lon­don, Eng­land.


Henry des­cend­ed from the De Voeux, a Hu­gue­not fa­mi­ly. He was the husband of Ma­ry Hunt Pi­per.

A po­pu­lar writ­er of hymns for child­ren, he worked as a tim­ber merchant, and for the great­er part of his life wrote po­et­ry. His hymns were most­ly writ­ten 1856–64.



Jesus Christ, the Same Yesterday—Today—Forever

Part First

Just as Thou art—my Savior, Lord, and King!
Of all true blessedness and peace the spring,
Full treasure house of every glorious thing,
Be ever, Lord, to me!

Just as Thou art the source of purest joy,
With never passing shadow or alloy,
Heart’s ease and rest—thought’s most serene employ,
Be ever, Lord, to me!

Just as Thou art! through all life’s worst distress,
Its often sorrow and much weariness,
The Comforter divine, to soothe and bless,
Be ever, Lord, to me!

Just as Thou art—in loneliness and grief,
When worldly solacings are scant and brief,
The strong, kind hand to help with quick relief,
Be ever, Lord, to me!

Just as Thou art—dear Lord, of all things best,
The soul’s delight, God’s goodness manifest,
Time’s sweetest solace, life’s glad hope and rest,
Be ever, Lord, to me!

Henry Bateman
Fret Not, and Other Po­ems, 1869



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