Feast of Anna Laetitia Waring and Samuel Miller Waring (May 10)   Leave a comment

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SAMUEL MILLER WARING (MARCH 3, 1792-SEPTEMBER 19, 1827)

Hymn Writer

Uncle of

ANNA LAETITIA WARING (APRIL 19, 1823-MAY 10, 1910)

Humanitarian and Hymn Writer

Once there was an Englishman named Jeremiah Waring.  He had at least two sons:  Samuel Miller Waring and Elijah Waring.  Samuel Miller Waring (1792-1827), raised a Quaker, converted to The Church of England and wrote hymns.  He published a collection, Sacred Melodies, in 1826.  Samuel, born in Hampshire, died in Bath.  Almost no other information about him has come down to me.

Samuel did write the following words:

Now to Him who loved us, gave us

Every pledge that love could give,

Oped His heart’s pure fount to lave us,

Gave His life that we might live,

Give we glory;

His be glory,

By whose death, whose life, we live.

Elijah Waring (1788-1857), also raised a Quaker, became a Wesleyan Methodist preacher and a published memoirist.  He and his wife, Deborah Price Waring, daughter of a Quaker industrialist, brought Anna Laetitia Waring (1823-1910) into the world.  Anna, born in Wales and raised a Quaker, converted to The Church of England in 1842.  She learned Hebrew so she could read the Psalms in their original language, something she did daily for many years.  She also visited prisoners at Bristol, her adopted home, and assisted the Discharged Prisoners’ Aid Society.  And she had published thirty-nine hymns by 1863.

Among those hymns was the following, from 1850:

Father, I know that all my life

Is portioned out for me;

And the changes that are sure to come

I do not fear to see;

But I ask Thee for a present mind,

Intent on pleasing Thee.

—–

I ask Thee for a thoughtful love.

Through constant watching wise,

To meet the glad with joyful smiles,

And to wipe the weeping eyes,

And a heart at leisure from itself,

To soothe and sympathise.

—–

I would not have the restless will

That hurries to and fro,

Seeking for some great thing to do,

Or secret thing to know,

I would be treated as a child,

And guided where I go.

—–

Whatever in the world I am,

In whatsoe’er estate,

I have a fellowship with hearts

To keep and cultivate,

And a work of lowly love to do,

For the Lord on whom I wait.

—–

So I ask Thee for the daily strength

To none that ask denied,

And a mind to blend with outward life

While keeping at Thy side,

Content to fill a little space,

If Thou be glorified.

Amen.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 20, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF CHRISTOPHER WORDSWORTH, HYMN WRITER AND ANGLICAN BISHOP OF LINCOLN

THE FEAST OF SAINT CUTHBERT, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF LINDISFARNE

THE FEAST OF ELIZA SIBBALD ALDERSON, POET AND HYMN WRITER; AND JOHN BACCHUS DYKES, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER

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Eternal God, light of the world and Creator of all that is good and lovely:

We bless your name for inspiring Anna Laetitia Waring and Samuel Miller Waring

and all who with words have filled us with desire and love for you,

through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit

lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

1 Chronicles 29:14b-19

Psalm 90:14-17

2 Corinthians 3:1-3

John 21:15-17, 24-25

–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men:  Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 728

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