Feast of William Edward Hickson (March 21)   1 comment

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WILLIAM EDWARD HICKSON (JANUARY 7, 1803-MARCH 22, 1870)

English Social Reformer and Music Educator

William Edward Hickson, born in London, England, retired from business as a boot manufacturer in 1840 and moved to Sevenoaks, Kent, to become a full-time philanthropist, writer, and composer.  He served on a Royal Commission which investigated the working conditions of hand-loom weavers.  Hickson, from 1840 to 1852 the Editor of The Westminster Review, a publication devoted to social reform, researched foreign educational systems and wrote of their lessons for British national education.

Hickson also composed music and wrote about singing.  His books on the subject included the following:

I was disappointed to read, in Hickson’s own words, an 1867 defense of restricting voting rights so as to exclude “inferior classes”–those who do not own property–so I have a nuanced opinion of the man.  Yet I prefer to focus on the positive–to think about the Hickson who, in 1836, wrote an extra verse to a German patriotic song translated into English as “God Bless Our Native Land:”

Not for this land alone,

But be God’s mercies shown

From shore to shore;

And may the nations see

That men should brothers be,

And form one family

The wide world o’er.

Even if they do not own property.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 23, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT ROSE OF LIMA, ROMAN CATHOLIC MYSTIC

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Holy and righteous God, you created us in your image.

Grant us grace to contend fearlessly against evil and to make no peace with oppression.

Help us, like your servant William Edward Hickson, to work for justice among people and nations,

to the glory of your name, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Hosea 2:18-23

Psalm 94:1-15

Romans 12:9-21

Luke 6:20-36

–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 60

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Revised on December 24, 2016

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