Above: Sabine Baring-Gould
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SABINE BARING-GOULD (JANUARY 28, 1834-JANUARY 2, 1924)
Scholar, Anglican Priest, and Hymn Writer
Sabine Baring-Gould, born at Exeter, England, on January 28, 1834, was a scholar, gentleman, squire, and parson. From 1854 to 1906 he published 85 books on an assortment of subjects: travel, religion, theology, folklore, history, and fiction. Among these works was a 15-volume set, Lives of the Saints. Furthermore, he published collections of his sermons and edited collections of folk songs, the study of which fascinated him. He, a graduate of Clare College, Cambridge (B.A., 1857; M.A., 1860), became a priest in 1864. He served as Curate of Horbury until 1870, Incumbent of Dalton (1870-1871), and Rector of East Mersea (1871-1881).
For most churchgoers, however, Baring-Gould’s greatest legacy resides in his contribution to English-language hymnody. He wrote hymns for children at Lew Trenchard, where he settled into a family estate served as Rector, beginning in 1881. Baring-Gould’s hymns include “Now the Day is Over,” “The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came,” and “Onward, Christian Soldiers.” He also translated a Danish hymn, rendering it as “Singing Songs of Expectation.”
Baring-Gould died at Lew Trenchard on January 2, 1924.
Kenneth Randolph Taylor
May 16, 2010
The Seventh Sunday of Easter
Almighty God, beautiful in majesty, majestic in holiness: You have shown us the splendor of creation in the work of your servant Sabine Baring-Gould. Teach us to drive from the world all chaos and disorder, that our eyes may behold your glory, and that at last everyone may know the inexhaustible richness of your new creation in Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Isaiah 28:5-6 or Hosea 14:5-8 or 2 Chronicles 20:20-21
Philippians 4:8-9 or Ephesians 5:18b-20
(The adapted Proper for Artists and Scientists from Evangelical Lutheran Worship, 2006, the hymnal of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada)
Revised on November 11, 2016