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Literary squire and parson

Adrian Leak considers the author of 'Onward, Christian soldiers'

Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) was born into a West Country family who had held the manor and patronage of Lew Trenchard in Devon for many generations. Known now chiefly as the author of the hymn "Onward, Christian soldiers", he was in his time a widely read author on church history, theology, folklore, archaeology, and hymns. His Lives of the Saints ran to 15 volumes, and he wrote 40 novels. Nevertheless, he regarded his principal work as that of priest and pastor, ...

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