13 March 1823|
Ashted, Birmingham, UK
|Died||19 January 1900
Bournemouth, Dorset, UK
|Occupation||Clergyman, Hymn-writer, Poet|
|Notable works||"At Even, Ere the Sun Was Set"; "Time's Paces"|
|Spouse||Ellen Jane Tompson|
Rev. Canon Henry Twells (1823-1900) was an Anglican clergyman, hymn writer and poet. His best known hymn was "At Even, Ere the Sun Was Set". He also wrote the well-known poem, "Time's Paces" that depicts the apparent speeding up of time as we become older. A younger brother, Edward Twells, was the first Bishop of Bloemfontein.
Henry Twells was born in Ashted, Birmingham on 13 March 1823. He went to school at King Edward's School, Birmingham and then to Peterhouse College, University of Cambridge, from where he graduated B.A. in 1848 and M.A. in 1851. On 25 May 1875, he married Ellen Jane Tompson, daughter of the Rev. Matthew Carrier Tompson, for fifty years Vicar of Alderminster, near Stratford-on-Avon. He died in Bournemouth on 19 January 1900.
- 1849 - Ordained as deacon at Rochester Cathedral.
- 1850 - Ordained as priest in the Church of England.
- 1849-1851 - Curate in Berkhamsted and then
- 1851-1854 - Curate at the parish church of Holy Trinity, Stratford-upon-Avon.
- 1854-1856 - Master of St. Andrew's House School in Mells, Somerset.
- 1856-1870 - Headmaster of Godolphin School, Hammersmith, London.
- 1870-1871 - Rector of Baldock, Hertfordshire.
- 1871-1890 - Rector of Waltham on the Wolds, Lincolnshire.
- 1884 - Appointed as Honorary Canon of Peterborough Cathedral.
- 1890 - 'Semi-retired' in Bournemouth where he commissioned the building of St. Augustin's church dedicated to St. Augustine of Hippo and he remained 'priest-in-charge' there till his death.
- Poetry for Repetition. Edited by Rev. Henry Twells, M.A. Head Master of the Godolphin Foundation School, Hammersmith. London: Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts, 1862
- Hymnal Oratorio, The Apostle of the Gentiles: Being the life and writings of St Paul, as illustrated by Hymns Ancient and Modern, and interspersed with recitations from Holy Scripture, etc. London: Clowes & Sons, 1881.
- Hymnal Oratorio, The Forerunner: Being the life and teaching of John the Baptist, as illustrated by Hymns Ancient and Modern, and interspersed with recitations from Holy Scripture. In two parts. Arranged by Henry Twells. London: William Clowes & Sons, 1886.
- Extension of the Diaconate. A speech delivered in the Lower House of the Convocation of Canterbury, etc. London: Rivingtons, 1887.
- Colloquies on Preaching. London: Longmans & Co., 1889.
- Hymns and Other Stray Verses. London: Wells Gardner, Darton & Co, 1901.
- Sermons on Hymns, and Other Addresses. London: Wells Gardner & Co., .
- Bible Characters, and Other Addresses. London: Wells Gardner & Co., 1905.
- The photograph is also available in this Net Hymnal website: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/bio/t/w/twells_h.htm Retrieved 2012-02-21
- For the words of this hymn and some of his other hymns see this Net Hymnal website: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/bio/t/w/twells_h.htm Retrieved 2012-02-15
- Henry Twells, Hymns and Other Stray Verses, London: Wells Gardner & Co., 1901, p. 34.
- William Clavell Ingram, Dean of Peterborough. A Memoir of the Rev Henry Twells, London: Wells Gardner & Co., , Ch. III, p. 57. The spelling of 'Tompson' is confirmed by death certificates, marriage certificates available in www.ancestry.com.
- Joy Heywood, The Twells Family - available on this Saint Mary Magdalene Church, Enfield website: http://www.saintmarymagdalene.org.uk/The_Twells_Family.html Retrieved 2012-02-15
- Ingram, A Memoir of the Rev. Henry Twells, Ch. I, p. 12.
- Twells remained Rector at Waltham till 1890 according to this 'Save our Spire' website which has a list of Rectors at Waltham: http://saveourspire.org.uk/?page_id=36 Retrieved 2012-03-02.
- British Library Catalogue at http://www.bl.uk
- William Clavell Ingram, Dean of Peterborough. A Memoir of the Rev Henry Twells, London: Wells Gardner & Co., .