Arthur Campbell Ainger

AINGER, Arthur Campbell. b. Blackheath, London, 4 July 1841; d. Eton, Berkshire, 26 October 1919. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. He returned to Eton as Classics Master in 1864 and taught there for 37 years, until 1901. After retirement he continued to live at Eton until his death. His lifelong interest in the school is shown in his many books and poems, including Eton Songs (1891; music by Joseph Barnby*), an anthology, Eton in Prose and Verse (1910), and Memories of Eton sixty years ago (1917). As a hymn writer he is chiefly known as the author of the robust ‘God is working his purpose out’*; another of his hymns, ‘Let all our brethren join in one’*, was printed in...

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