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Feast of William Cooke and Benjamin Webb (November 27)   2 comments

Trinity College, Cambridge, England

Above:  Trinity College, Cambridge, England, Between 1890 and 1900

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsc-08091

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WILLIAM COOKE (BAPTIZED MARCH 17, 1821-DIED NOVEMBER 23, 1894)

Anglican Priest, Hymn Writer, and Translator of Hymns

collaborator with

BENJAMIN WEBB (NOVEMBER 28, 1819-NOVEMBER 27, 1885)

Anglican Priest and Translator of Hymns

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William Cooke and Benjamin Webb, co-editors of The Hymnary:  A Book of Church Song (1872), were priests, liturgists, and scholars.

Cooke, born at Pendlebury, near Manchester, England, in 1821 and baptized early that year, attended Trinity College, Cambridge, graduating with his A.B. degree in 1843 and his A.M. degree in 1847.  He, ordained deacon in 1844 and priest the following year, held various posts in the Church of England until 1849, when he became the Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Chester.  He remained in that position for about eight years, until 1857.  In 1850 Cooke became the Select Preacher to the University of Cambridge.  Four years later he became Honorary Canon of Chester.  In 1868 he became a Fellow to the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Cooke left a theological and literary legacy.  He and William Denton co-edited The Church Hymnal (1853), which contained a fine translation of an eleventh-century Latin text.  Cooke also wrote The Power of the Priesthood in Absolution (1863); Worship of Men and Angels Through the Incarnate Word (1865); and Of Ceremonies, Light and Custom (1868).  Furthermore, late in life he donated his library to the new Selwyn College, Cambridge.

Benjamin Webb (1819-1885), born in London, England, attended St. Paul’s School then Trinity College, Cambridge.  He graduated with his A.B. degree in 1842 and his A.M. degree three years later.  Webb, who took Anglican Holy Orders in 1843, co-founded the Cambridge Ecclesiastical Society with his friend, John Mason Neale.  They collaborated on The Symbolism of Churches and Church Ornaments:  A Translation of the First Book of the Rationale Divinorum Officiorum (1843) of William Durandus, a theologian who lived from circa 1270 to 1322.  Webb also edited The Ecclesiologist from 1842 to 1868 and edited Neale’s The Hymnal Noted (1852).  Apart from Neale Webb wrote Continental Ecclesiology (1847) and co-edited other volumes.

Webb found geographical stability in 1851, when, after a string of short-lived assignments, he became the Perpetual Curate of Sheen, Staffordshire.  After about eleven years he transferred to St. Andrew’s Church, Wells Street, London, becoming the Vicar there.  He remained in that post until November 27, 1885, when he died.  At the time he had been, since 1881, the Prebend of Portpool at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, also.

Webb valued good church music.  During his tenure at St. Andrew’s the church it became famous for the quality of its music.  The fact that Joseph Barnby was the organist and choir director had much to do with that reality.  Under Barnby’s leadership the choir earned a reputation as the best church choir in the city.  Webb also translated hymn texts.  His translation, “A Hymn of Glory Let Us Sing” dated to 1854.  Also from that year came “O Love, How Deep, How High, How Broad” and “Sing We Triumphant Hymns of Praise.”

The legacies of William Cooke and Benjamin Webb survive, fortunately.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 16, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ALL CHRISTIAN MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

THE FEAST OF FRANCIS POTT, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER AND TRANSLATOR

THE FEAST OF HUGH LATIMER, NICHOLAS RIDLEY, AND THOMAS CRANMER, ANGLICAN MARTYRS

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Dear God of beauty,

you have granted literary ability and spiritual sensitivity to

William Cooke, Benjamin Webb, 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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