Charles Bridges, one of the outstanding evangelical writers in the Church of England in the last century, issued his Exposition of Psalm 119 in 1827 when he was thirty-three years of age. The popularity of the work may be judged by the fact that it passed through at least twenty-four editions before his death in 1869. It is pre-eminently a book of the heart. It is a timeless study that C.H. Spurgeon states is "worth its weight in gold."
Charles Bridges (1794-1869), a graduate of Cambridge, became Vicar of Old Newton, near Stowmarket, Suffolk. In 1849 he moved to Weymouth, and remained Vicar there until failing health led to his move to the tiny Dorset parish of Hinton Martell to which Lord Shftesbury presented him.