Smith, Walter Chalmer, D.D., was born at Aberdeen Dec. 5, 1824, and educated at the Grammar School and University of that City. He pursued his Theological studies at Edinburgh, and was ordained Pastor of the Scottish Church in Chad well Street, Islington, London, Dec. 25, 1850. After holding several pastorates he became, in 1876, Minister of the Free High Church, Edinburgh. His contributions to poetical literature have been many and of great merit. His principal works are:—
(1) The Bishop’s Walk, 1860; (2) Olrig Grange, 1872; (3) Borland Hall, 1874; (4) Hilda among the Broken Gods, 1878; (5) North Country Folk, 1883; (6) Kildrostan, 1884; (7) Hymns of Christ and Christian Life, 1876.
From his Hymns of Christ, &c, 1876, the following, after revision, were included in Horder’s Congregational Hymns, 1884 :—
1. Immortal, Invisible, God only wise. God, All in All.
2. Lord, God, Omnipotent. Omnipotence.
3. Our portion is not here. Treasure in Heaven.
4. There is no wrath to be appeased. God is Love. In Horder’s Congregational Hymns a new opening stanza was added to this hymn by Dr. Smith at the request of the editor, and in that collection the hymn begins “I vexed me with a troubled thought.”
Dr. Smith’s hymns are rich in thought and vigorous in expression. They deserve and probably will receive greater notice than hitherto at the hands of hymnal compilers. [Rev. W. Garrett Horder]