Feast of Joseph Hoskins (September 28)   Leave a comment

Bristol, England

Above:  River Avon from Clifton Downs, Bristol, England, Between 1890 and 1900

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number =  LC-DIG-ppmsc-08053

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JOSEPH HOSKINS (1745-SEPTEMBER 28, 1788)

English Congregationalist Minister and Hymn Writer

Information about the life of the Reverend Joseph Hoskins is scarce.  Actually, I am confident of only two facts:

  1. For ten years he served as the pastor of Castle Green Chapel, Bristol, England; and
  2. He wrote 384 hymns during the last three years of his life.

A posthumous collection, Hymns on Select Texts, rolled off the presses in 1789.

Among those hymns was “Let Thoughtless Thousands Choose the Road,” the text of which follows:

Let thoughtless thousands choose the road

That leads the soul away from God;

This happiness, dear Lord, be mine,

To live and die entirely Thine.

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On Christ, by faith, I fain would live,

From him, my life, my all, receive,

To Him devote my fleeting hours,

Serve Him alone with all my pow’rs.

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Christ is my everlasting All;

To Him I look, on Him I call;

He will my ev’ry want supply

In time and thro’ eternity.

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Soon will the Lord, my Life, appear;

Soon shall I end my trials here,

Leave sin and sorrow, death and pain.

To live is Christ, to die is gain.

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Soon will the saints in glory meet,

Soon walk through each golden street,

And sing on every blissful plain:

To live is Christ, to die is gain.

Most of our saint’s hymns have fallen into disuse, especially in North America.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

APRIL 18, 2015 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF DONALD S. ARMENTROUT, U.S. LUTHERAN MINISTER AND SCHOLAR

THE FEAST OF CALVIN WEISS LAUFER, U.S. PRESBYTERIAN MINISTER AND HYMNODIST

THE FEAST OF ROGER WILLIAMS, FOUNDER OF RHODE ISLAND

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM PENNEFATHER, ANGLICAN PRIEST, HUMANITARIAN, AND HYMN WRITER; AND HIS WIFE, CATHERINE KING PENNEFATHER, HUMANITARIAN AND HYMN WRITER

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Joseph Hoskins 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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