Feast of Joseph Dacre Carlyle (June 12)   1 comment

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Above:  Queen’s College Cloisters with Erasmus Tower, Cambridge, England, Between 1890 and 1900

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JOSEPH DACRE CARLYLE (JUNE 4, 1758-APRIL 12, 1804)

Anglican Priest and Hymn Writer

Joseph Dacre Carlyle was a brilliant academic and an expert in Arabic poetry.  He was also a priest, a poet, and a hymn writer.

Our saint, the son of George Carlyle, a physician, entered the world at Carlisle, England, on June 4, 1758.  He studied at Christ’s College, Cambridge, then at Queen’s College, Cambridge, earning his B.A. (1779), M.A. (1783), and B.D. (1793) degrees.  In 1892 Carlyle became the Chancellor of Carlisle.  Four years later he started teaching Arabic at Cambridge and published Specimens of Arabian Poetry, from the Earliest Time to the Extinction of the Khaliphat, with Some Account of the Authors.

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Above:  Constantinople, Between 1900 and 1920

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Three years later our saint accompanied Lord Elgin to Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire, to inquire about the literary treasures left in the public library there.  Carlyle also traveled through Asia Minor, Greece, and Palestine to collect manuscripts in preparation for a proposed translation of the New Testament.  He died before he could complete the project, however.

Carlyle wrote hymns and other poems.  He contributed some hymns to John Fawcett’s Psalms and Hymns (1802).  Our saint, the Vicar of Newcastle-on-Tyne from 1801 to 1804, died at Newcastle on April 12, 1804.  Susanna Maria Carlyle, his sister, published Poems, Suggested Chiefly by Scenes in Asia-Minor, Syria, and Greece, with Prefaces Extracted from the Author’s Journal; Embellished with Two Views of the Source of the Scamander, and the Aqueduct Over the Simois the following year.

Many of Carlyle’s Greek manuscripts became part of the collection of the library at Lambeth Palace, hence an 1823 volume, An Account of the Greek Manuscripts, Chiefly Biblical, Which Had Been in the Possession of the Late Professor Carlyle, the Greater Part of Which Are Now Deposited in the Archepiscopal Library at Lambeth Palace.

I have added one of Carlyle’s hymns, “Lord, When We Bend Before Thy Throne,” to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 15, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

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O God, you have endowed us with memory, reason, and skill.

We thank you for the faithful legacy of [Joseph Dacre Carlyle and all others]

who have dedicated their lives to you and to the intellectual pursuits.

May we, like them, respect your gift of intelligence fully and to your glory.

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

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Psalm 103

Philippians 4:8-9

Mark 12:28-34

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 6, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT CHRODEGANG OF METZ, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF EDMUND KING, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF LINCOLN

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