Sabine Baring-Gould

English hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist, eclectic scholar, folk song collector (1834-1924)

The Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould (28 January 18342 January 1924) was an English antiquarian, novelist and eclectic scholar. His bibliography lists more than 1240 separate publications, and continues to grow. He is remembered particularly as a writer of hymns, the best-known being "Onward, Christian Soldiers" and "Now the Day Is Over".


  • Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war,
    with the cross of Jesus going on before.
    Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe;
    forward into battle see his banners go!
  • Jesus, give the weary
    Calm and sweet repose.
    With Thy tend'rest blessing
    May our eyelids close.
    • Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 614.
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