Feast of Robert Grant (July 9)   1 comment

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Above:  Houses of Parliament, London, Between 1890 and 1900

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/92518735/)

Reproduction Number =  LC-USZC4-6015

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SIR ROBERT GRANT (JANUARY 15, 1780-JULY 9, 1838)

British Member of Parliament and Hymn Writer

Robert Grant (1780-1838) was a son of Charles Grant, a Director of the East India Company and the Member of Parliament for Inverness.  Robert graduated from Magdalene College, Cambridge, with his B.A. in 1801 and his M.A. three years later.  He became an attorney in 1897.  Robert became the Member of Parliament for Inverness in 1826.  In that capacity he advocated successfully for, among other things, Jewish emancipation.  He joined the Privy Council in 1831, became Judge Advocate General the next year, and received the Order of the British Empire in 1834.  Robert’s last position was Governor of Bombay, from 1835 until his death.

Our saint wrote extensively about the East India Company.  In case one does not consider those works riveting, there are hymns, such as “O Worship the King.”

O worship the King, all-glorious above,

O gratefully sing His power and His love,

Our shield and defender, the Ancient of Days.

Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.

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O tell of His might, O sing of his grace,

Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space.

His chariots of wrath the deep thunder clouds form,

And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.

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The earth with its store of wonders untold,

Almighty Thy power hat founded of old,

Hath stablished it fast by a changeless decree,

And round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.

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Thy bountiful care what tongue can recite?

It breathes in the air; it shines in the light;

It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,

And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

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Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail;

In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;

Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,

Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!

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O measureless Might! ineffable Love!

While angels delight to hymn Thee above,

The humbler creation, though feeble their lays,

With true adoration shall lisp to Thy praise.

Robert wrote religious poems over many years.  His brother published them as Sacred Poems in 1839.  Many of them had appeared in print already, for Robert had submitted texts to the Christian Observer and Psalms and Hymns.

Robert Grant made a great contribution to English hymnody.  Hymns are sung theology.  Based on “O Worship the King” alone, I surmise that he possessed wonderful talents which he employed to the glory of God, as he should have done.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MAY 18, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF MALTBIE DAVENPORT BABCOCK, U.S. PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF SAINT ERIK IX OF SWEDEN, KING AND MARTYR

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN I, BISHOP OF ROME

THE FEAST OF TAMIHANA TE RAUPARAHA, ANGLICAN MISSIONARY

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For Further Reading:

http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/lookupname?key=Grant%2C%20Robert%2C%201779-1838

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Robert Grant and others, who have composed hymn texts.

May we, as you guide us,

find worthy hymn texts to be icons,

through which we see you.

In the Name of God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Sirach/Ecclesiasticus 44:1-3a, 5-15

Psalm 147

Revelation 5:11-14

Luke 2:8-20

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 20, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINTS AMATOR OF AUXERRE AND GERMANUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS; SAINT MAMERTINUS OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC ABBOT; AND SAINT MARCIAN OF AUXERRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK

THE FEAST OF JOHANNES BUGENHAGEN, GERMAN LUTHERAN PASTOR

THE FEAST OF SAINT MARCELLINUS OF EMBRUN, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF OLAVUS AND LAURENTIUS PETRI, RENEWERS OF THE CHURCH

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