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Feast of Richard Watson Gilder (November 20)   1 comment

Church of the Ascension, NYC

Above:  Episcopal Church of the Ascension, New York, New York, the Site of Gilder’s Funeral

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RICHARD WATSON GILDER (FEBRUARY 8, 1844-NOVEMBER 19, 1909)

U.S. Poet, Journalist, and Social Reformer

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Richard Watson Gilder considered himself primarily a poet–a fine vocation and avocation–but he was far more than that.  He was a man who cared deeply about his fellow beings, acted accordingly, and left the world better than he found it.

Our saint entered the world at Bordentown, New Jersey, on February 8, 1844.  His father was William Henry Gilder (1812-1864), a Methodist minister and the headmaster of Bellevue Female Seminary.  The younger Gilder served as a chaplain in the First Philadelphia Artillery, U.S. Army, during the Civil War.  Then he worked as a paymaster for a railroad company.  His life’s calling resided elsewhere, however.

That calling entailed words–prose and poetry.  Shortly after the Civil War Gilder went to work for the Newark Daily Advertiser (1832-1904) before confounding the Newark Morning Register (1869-1886) with R. Newton Crane.  In 1870 our saint became the Assistant Editor of Scribner’s Monthly.  Eleven years later he became the Editor of its successor, The Century.  Along the way Gilder became a popular speaker on the lecture circuit and on college campuses, collecting honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, and Princeton Universities.

Our saint also wrote the following volumes:

  1. The Poet and the Master, and Other Poems (1878);
  2. The Celestial Passion (1887);
  3. The New Day:  A Poem in Songs and Sonnets (1887);
  4. Lyrics, and Other Poems (1890);
  5. Two Worlds, and Other Poems (1891);
  6. Great Remembrance, and Other Poems (1893);
  7. “For the Country” (1897);
  8. In Palestine, and Other Poems (1898);
  9. Five Books of Song (1900);
  10. Poems and Inscriptions (1901);
  11. A Christmas Wreath (1903);
  12. “In the Heights” (1905);
  13. A Book of Music (1906);
  14. The Fire Divine (1907);
  15. The Poems of Richard Watson Gilder (1908);
  16. Lincoln the Leader; and Lincoln’s Genius for Expression (1909);
  17. Grover Cleveland:  A Record of Friendship (1910); and
  18. Letters of Richard Watson Gilder (1916).

Gilder also became involved in social, political and educational causes.  He advocated for effective enforcement of international copyrights, a cause which, of course, interested a writer and editor.  Our saint also chaired the Association for the Blind, the New York Tenement House Commission, and the New York Free Kindergarten Association.

Our saint died of heart disease at New York City on November 19, 1909.  The site of his funeral was the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Manhattan.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

OCTOBER 6, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF ALL CHRISTIAN BIBLE TRANSLATORS

THE FEAST OF SAINT BRUNO, FOUNDER OF THE CARTHUSIANS

THE FEAST OF HEINRICH ALBERT, GERMAN LUTHERAN COMPOSER AND POET

THE FEAST OF WILLIAM TYNDALE, BIBLE TRANSLATOR

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O God, your Son came among us to serve and not to be served,

and to give his life for the life of the world.

Lead us by his love to serve all those to whom the world offers no comfort and little help.

Through us give hope to the hopeless,

love to the unloved,

peace to the troubled,

and rest to the weary,

through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Hosea 2:18-23

Psalm 94:1-15

Romans 12:9-21

Luke 6:20-36

Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 60

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