[singlepic=1,320,240,,right]Robert Murray McCheyne (sometimes spelled M’Cheyne), a Presbyterian minister, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on May 21, 1813, and died on March 25, 1843. His only pastorate was at St. Peter’s church in Dundee for seven and a half years, until his death. His closest friend was Andrew Bonar.
McCheyne wrote a number of poems, but When This Passing World Is Done seems to be the only poem set to tune and in any use today. Originally titled I Am a Debtor, the poem contained nine verses. Only five verses are commonly listed in the hymn version. McCheyne is also known for a Bible-reading calendar.
Robert Murray McCheyne’s contributions to the Tanglewood Hymnal: