The Royal Garrison Church/Chapel on Penny Street in Old Portsmouth began life as Domus Dei, a 13th century hospice and almhouse. During the period that Portsmouth was a fortified town, and particularly from the late 17th century onwards, it became the place of worship of the garrison which defended the town. It underwent restoration between 1861 and 1871 but was damaged during the Blitz in 1941; Although roofless, except for the chancel, it is still occasionally used for services.
St. George's, Hanover Square, is an Anglican Church in Central London. It was built between 1721 and 1724, and was a fashionable venue for weddings in both the 18th and 19th centuries.
Oliver Goldsmith (1730-1774) was an Anglo-Irish writer, poet and physician whose most famous work is the novel The Vicar of Wakefield. He also wrote the History of England (4 vols.), the History of Rome (2 vols.) and the History of the Earth and Animated Nature (8 vols.), all of which are now considered factually inaccurate. Jane Austen parodied his work during her 'teens with her own History of England.
William Cowper was an English poet and hymnwriter. The line quoted (with a minor modification) comes from his poem 'Tirocinium: or, A Review of Schools' (line 562), first published in 1785.