Above: Truro, England, Between 1890 and 1900
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Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsc-08251
EDWARD OSLER (JANUARY 31, 1798-MARCH 7, 1863)
English Doctor, Editor, and Poet
Edward Osler was the house surgeon at Swansea Infirmary from 1819 to 1836. That was noble work, to be sure. But he felt the need for a change. So our saint went to work in London then in Bath for the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. Then, in 1841, he transferred to Truro to assume the job he held until his death: Editor of the Royal Cornwall Gazette. His literary interests and skills were already established, for he had helped to produce Psalms and Hymns Adopted to the Service of the Church of England (“The Mitre Hymnal”) in 1836. That volume included fifty of his hymns and fifteen of his psalm settings.
Two of Osler’s hymns which I have added to my GATHERED PRAYERS blog, “Lord of the Church, We Humbly Pray” and “O God Unseen, Yet Ever Near,” come from that hymnal. Also from “The Mitre Hymnal” is this, the third stanza of “Praise the Lord: Ye Heavens Adore Him,” as printed in The Hymnal (1933):
Worship, honor, glory, blessing,
Lord, we offer unto Thee;
Young and old, Thy praise expressing,
In glad homage bend the knee.
All the saints in heaven adore Thee;
We would bow before Thy throne:
As Thine angels serve before Thee,
So on earth Thy will be done.
Osler’s literary-spiritual legacy is magnificent.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
AUGUST 19, 2013 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF ANNE HUTCHINSON, REBELLIOUS PURITAN
THE FEAST OF BLAISE PASCAL, MATHEMATICIAN AND ROMAN CATHOLIC THEOLOGIAN
THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN EUDES, FOUNDER OF THE CONGREGATION OF JESUS AND MARY
Dear God of beauty,
you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to
Edward Osler 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
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
Revised on December 24, 2016