Behind the Hymn: The Day Thou Gavest
The Day Thou Gavest was written by John Ellerton. The hymn was first published in 1870.
Ellerton was born in London, England in 1826. He was ordained to the Church of England in 1851 and served six different churches throughout his career. He also helped to compile several hymn books. He died in England in 1893.
Ellerton wrote and translated over 80 hymns.
The hymn The Day Thou Gavest is often used at funerals, especially in England.