Henry Alford was born in 1810 in Bloomsbury, Middlesex, England. The son of a minister, Henry wrote the following in his Bible at age 16: "I do this day in the presence of God and my own soul renew my covenant with God and solemnly determine henceforth to become his and to do his work as far as in me lies." Henry stayed true to his pledge and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, and was ordained in 1833. After serving briefly in three parishes, he became the minister in Leicestershire for eighteen years. In 1857, he became dean of Canterbury Cathedral, a position he held until his death. Fluent in Greek, Alford’s four volume Bible Commentary of the New Testament is still in print today. Alford also translated Homer’s Odyssey from the Greek. A gifted musician, Alford wrote the hymns "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" and "Ten Thousand Times Ten Thousand." Henry Alford died on January 12, 1871. He was buried at St. Martin’s Church in Canterbury. For his epitaph on his grave marker, he wrote: "The inn of a pilgrim traveling to Jerusalem."
Info from Internet Daily Devotional. This isn't my line, just thought i'd share this.