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Feast of Henry Hart Milman (September 24)   1 comment

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Above:  St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, Between 1910 and 1920

Copyright Claimant = Detroit Publishing Company

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-D4-73191

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HENRY HART MILMAN (FEBRUARY 10, 1791-SEPTEMBER 24, 1868)

Anglican Dean, Translator, Historian, Theologian, and Hymn Writer

Henry Hart Milman was a scholar and a clergyman.  Some accused him of being to much a rationalist and a scholar, but his hymn texts, some of which I have added to my GATHERED PRAYERS weblog, reveal his piety well.

Our saint, son of Sir Francis Milman, physician to King George III (reigned 1760-1820), pursued a literary, historical, and theological path.  Milman, educated at Greenwich then Eton then Brasenose College, Oxford, won the Newdigate Prize for his Belvidere Apollo and became a fellow of the college.  Our saint, after his brilliant career as a student at Oxford, took Anglican Holy Orders.  He served at St. Mary’s, Reading (1818-1821), as a Professor at Oxford (1821-1831, and as Bampton Lecturer in 1827), as Canon of Westminster and Rector of St. Margaret’s (1835-1849), and as Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London (1849-1868).

The man was multi-talented.  He wrote dramas, including the acclaimed Fazio.  Our saint, among the earliest Western translators of texts from the Indian subcontinent, published Nala and Damayanti, and Other Poems (1835).  His Poetical Works filled three volumes.  Our saint edited Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776) then published the Life of Gibbon the following year.  And Milman, a historian, wrote multi-volume works such as History of the Jews (1830), History of Christianity from the Birth of Christ to the Abolition of Paganism in the Roman Empire (1840), and History of Latin Christianity to the Pontificate of Nicholas V (1856).  I have found the extend of his works available at archive.org impressive, thus I encourage you, O reader, to visit that website and find all the Milman texts your intellect might crave.

Milman also wrote thirteen hymns at the suggestion of his good friend, Bishop Reginald Heber.  These texts appeared in Heber’s posthumous Hymns Adapted to the Weekly Service of the Year (1827).  (The initials H.M.M. appear at the top of Milman’s hymns in the book.)  Among his greatest hymns was “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty,” a Palm Sunday text.

Milman was also a theological pioneer of sorts. His History of the Jews (1830), which was sympathetic to them, caused a great controversy, which led to official censure by ecclesiastical authorities and a temporary halt in the publication of the volumes.  (Revised editions followed in time.)  The cause of the uproar was Milman’s introduction of rationalistic German theology into England–at least what the Presbyterian Handbook to the Hymnal (1935) called

the first decisive inroad of German theology into England.

–page 164

In plain English, Milman minimized the miraculous and sought, with academic rigor, natural explanations.  That was fine, for God does work through nature, does God not?

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 9, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF BENJAMIN SCHMOLCK, GERMAN LUTHERAN PASTOR AND HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF ADELAIDE ANNE PROCTER, ENGLISH POET AND FEMINIST

THE FEAST OF HANNAH GRIER COOME, FOUNDER OF THE SISTERHOOD OF SAINT JOHN THE DIVINE

THE FEAST OF JOHN HOOPER, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF GLOUCESTER

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

We thank you for the faithful legacy of [Henry Hart Milman 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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