Feast of Anne Houlditch Shepherd (September 11)   Leave a comment

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Above:  The Promenade, Isle of Wight, Between 1890 and 1900

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsc-08976

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ANNE HOULDITCH SHEPHERD (SEPTEMBER 11, 1809-JANUARY 7, 1857)

Anglican Novelist and Hymn Writer

Anne Houlditch Shepherd, author of sixty-four hymns, was born at Cowes, Isle of Wight.  She, daughter of the Reverend Edward H. Houlditch, an Anglican rector, married S. Saville Shepherd in 1843.  Before our saint married she published (in 1836) the first edition of Hymns Adapted to the Comprehension of Young Minds (third edition in 1847; fifth edition in 1855).  She also wrote two religious novels, Ellen Seymour (1848) and Reality (1852).

Among our saint’s hymns was “Around the Throne of God in Heaven,” originally six stanzas long.  There is, according to research I have conducted, a tradition (going back to at least the 1850s) of altering the original text, especially the refrain as well as the third line of the penultimate stanza.  The altered refrain is:

Singing, “Glory, glory, glory be to God on high.”

And the altered third line of the penultimate stanza is:

Bathed in that pure and precious flood.”

The original, full text, as printed in Lyra Britannica (1867), in which it appears with other hymns by our saint, follows:

Around the throne of God in heaven,

Thousands of children stand,

Children whose sins are all forgiven,

A holy, happy band,

Singing glory, glory, glory.

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In flowing robes of spotless white

See every one arrayed;

Dwelling in everlasting light

And joys never fade,

Singing glory, glory, glory.

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Once they were little things like you,

And lived on earth below,

And could not praise as how they do

The Lord who loved them so,

Singing glory, glory, glory.

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Because the Saviour shed his blood

To wash away their sin;

Bathed in that precious purple flood,

Behold them white and clean,

Singing glory, glory, glory.

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On earth they sought the Saviour’s grace,

On earth they loved his Name;

So now they see his blessed face,

And stand before the Lamb,

Singing glory, glory, glory.

Our saint died at Blackheath, Kent, England, in 1857.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 7, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT MOSES, APOSTLE TO THE SARACENS

THE FEAST OF SAINT APOLLONIA, MARTYR AT ALEXANDRIA

THE FEAST OF SAINT BLAISE OF SEBASTE, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF GREGORIO ALLEGRI, COMPOSER

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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 Anne Houlditch Shepherd

and all those 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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