This Day in Christian History: January 28
January 28, 1834: Sabine Baring-Gould's Birthday
Sabine Baring-Gould was born in St. Sidwell Parish in Britain as the eldest son of Edward
Baring-Gould and Sophia (nee Bond) Baring-Gould. His family enjoyed travel, and spent most of his childhood touring through Europe. During the only two years Sabine spent in a formal school, he contracted a bronchial disease that would torment him throughout his life.
At 30 years of age, Sabine fell in love with Grace Taylor, a 14 year old mill hand's daughter. Four years later, he married her, and the couple had 15 children during their 48 years of marriage. When he buried his wife, he etched latin words into her coffin that transated to "half my soul." He never remarried.
Sabine had many talents. He obtained a Master of Arts degree from Cambridge, became an Anglican Priest, wrote books on History, biography, poetry as well as fiction, but he is best known as the author of "Onward Christian Soldiers" and "Now the Day is Over."
Sabine died on January 2, 1924 at the age of 90. He is buried next to his beloved wife, Grace.