Feast of Henry James Buckoll (June 6)   1 comment

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Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

A Close-Up from a Page in The Church Hymnary (1927), Presbyterian

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HENRY JAMES BUCKOLL (SEPTEMBER 9, 1803-JUNE 6, 1871)

Author and Translator of Hymns

Henry James Buckoll, born at Siddington, England, attended Rugby School and Queen’s College, Oxford, graduating from the latter in 1826.  That year he returned to his first alma mater, Rugby School, as Assistant Master.  There he remained for the rest of his life.  Buckoll, who took Anglican Holy Orders in 1827, edited Rugby Parish’s Collection of Hymns (1839), published Hymns Translated from the German (1842), prepared Psalms and Hymns for the Use of the Chapel of Rugby School (1843), and published an updated version of that book seven years later.  The 1850 book contained fourteen of Buckoll’s hymns.

Buckoll, who translated many Latin and German hymns, wrote many texts also.  I have added some of them to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.  And inside this post I include an 1838 Buckoll translation of a hymn by Baron Friedrich Rudolph von Canitz (1654-1699), a Prussian statesman:

Come, my soul, thou must be waking,

Now is breaking

O’er the earth another day:

Come, to Him

Who made this splendour,

See thou render

All thy feeble strength can pay.

—–

Gladly hail the sun returning,

Ready burning

Be the incense of thy powers;

For the night is safely ended,

God hath tended

With His care thy helpless hours.

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Pray that He may prosper ever

Each endeavour,

When thine aim is good and true;

And that He may ever thwart thee,

And convert thee,

When thou evil wouldst pursue.

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Think that He thy ways beholdeth;

He unfoldeth

Every fault that lurks within;

He the hidden shame glossed over

Can discover,

And discern each deed of sin.

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Mayest thou on life’s last morrow,

Free from sorrow,

Pass away in slumber sweet;

And, released from death’s dark sadness,

Rise in gladness

That far brighter Sun to greet.

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Only God’s free gifts abuse not,

Light refuse not,

But His Spirit’s voice obey;

Thou with Him shalt dwell, beholding

Light enfolding

All things in unclouded day.

Buckoll used his literary and linguistic talents to glorify God.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 5, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS

THE FEAST OF CHARLES JUDSON CHILD, JR., EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF ATLANTA

THE FEAST OF ANTONIO LOTTI, COMPOSER

THE FEAST OF JOHN NEPOMUCENE NEUMANN, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA

THE FEAST OF LESLIE WEATHERHEAD, BRITISH METHODIST MINISTER

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Henry James Buckoll 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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