Feast of Charles William Everest (January 11)   1 comment

Above:  Southwestern Connecticut, 1951

Scanned and cropped from Hammond’s Complete World Atlas (1951), 166

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CHARLES WILLIAM EVEREST (MAY 14, 1814-JANUARY 11, 1877)

Episcopal Priest, Poet, and Hymn Writer

The historical reputation of Charles William Everest rests mainly on one popular, frequently altered hymn published in 1833.  The text, from his Songs of the Fireside (1852), follows:

Take up thy cross!  the Saviour said,

If thou wouldst my disciple be:

Take up thy cross, with willing heart,

And humbly follow after me.

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Take up thy cross!  let not its weight

Fill thy weak soul with vain alarm;

His strength shall bear thy spirit up,

And brace thy heart, and nerve thine arm.

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Take up thy cross!  not head the shame,

And let thy foolish pride be still:

The LORD refused not e’en to die

Upon a cross, on Calvary’s hill.

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Take up thy cross, then, in His strength,

And calmly Sin’s wild deluge brave:

‘T will guide thee to a better home,

It points to glory o’er the grave.

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Take up thy cross, and follow on,

Nor think till death to lay it down;

For only he who bears the cross,

May hope to wear the glorious crown.

The biography of Everest is brief, even in the best hymnal companion volumes.  (I collect such books.)  Details are scarce, but archive.org is helpful, for it provides electronic copies of some of Everest’s books:

  1. Vision of Death:  A Poem (1837);
  2. Babylon:  A Poem (1838)
  3. The Moss-Rose, a Parting Token (1840), as editor;
  4. The Poets of Connecticut; with Biographical Sketches (1844), as editor;
  5. The Memento:  A Gift of Friendship (1849), as editor; and
  6. Songs of the Fireside (1852).

Everest was a priest in The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Connecticut.  He, born in East Windsor, Connecticut, on May 14, 1814, graduated, from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, in 1838.  He began to publish his poetry prior to graduating.  Our saint, ordained to the priesthood four years later, served as a rector in Hamden (immediately north of New Haven) from 1842 to 1873.  He also served as an agent of the Society for the Increase of Ministry.  Everest, aged 62 years, died in Waterbury, Connecticut, on January 11, 1877.

His great hymn continues to inspire people, fortunately.

His poetry deserves a renaissance, however.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 2, 2019 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF GEORG WEISSEL, GERMAN LUTHERAN PASTOR AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF ANNA BERNADINE DOROTHY HOPPE, U.S. LUTHERAN HYMN WRITER AND TRANSLATOR

THE FEAST OF CHRISTIAN GOTTFRIED GEBHARD, GERMAN MORAVIAN COMPOSER AND MUSIC EDUCATOR

THE FEAST OF JULIAN EYMARD, FOUNDER OF THE PRIESTS OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT, THE SERVANTS OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT, AND THE PRIESTS’ EUCHARISTIC LEAGUE; AND ORGANIZER OF THE CONFRATERNITY OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

Charles William Everest 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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This is post #1750 of SUNDRY THOUGHTS.

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