|Short Name:||Louis FitzGerald Benson|
|Full Name:||Benson, Louis F. (Louis FitzGerald), 1855-1930|
Benson, Louis FitzGerald, D.D., was born at Philadelphia, Penn., July 22, 1855, and educated at the University of Penn. He was admitted to the Bar in 1877, and practised until 1884. After a course of theological studies he was ordained by the Presbytery of Philadelphia North, in 1888. His pastorate of the Church of the Redeemer, Germantown, Phila., extended from his ordination in 1888 to 1894, when he resigned and devoted himself to literary and Church work at Philadelphia. He edited the series of Hymnals authorised for use by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., as follows:—
(1) The Hymnal, Phila., 1895; (2) The Chapel Hymnal, 1898; and (3) The School Hymnal, 1899.
Dr. Benson's hymnological writings are somewhat extensive. They include:—
(1) Hymns and Verses (original and translations), 1897; (2) The Best Church Hymns, 1898; (3) The Best Hymns, 1898; (4) Studies of Familiar Hymns, 1903, &c.
Of his original hymns the following have come into American common use:—
I. In The Hymnal, 1895:—
1. O Christ, Who didst our tasks fulfil. For Schools and Colleges. Written in 1894.
2. O risen Christ, Who from Thy throne. For Installation of a Pastor. Written in 1894.
II. In The School Hymnal, 1899:—
3. A glory lit the wintry sky. Loneliness of Jesus. Written in 1897.
4. Happy town of Salem. Heaven.
5. Now the wintry days are o'er. Easter.
6. O sing a song of Bethlehem. Early Life of Jesus.
7. Open the door to the Saviour. Invitation.
8. Out of the skies, like angel eyes. Lullaby.
9. Who will teach me how to pray? Prayer. In Carey Bonner's Sunday School Hymnary, 1905:—
10. The sun is on the land and sea. Morning.
11. Our wilful hearts have gone astray. Penitence.
12. When I awake from slumber. Morning.
Of the above, Nos. 1-4, 10-12 are from Hymns and Verses, 1897. In the above collection by C. Bonner, Nos. 1, 4, and 6 are also found. Of Dr. Benson's translations from the Latin one only is in common use. See "Plaudite coeli, Rideat aether."
As a hymn writer Dr. Benson is not widely known, mainly through the recent publication of his verse. His hymns deserve attention, and will, no doubt, gain the public ear in due time; whilst his hymnological researches and publications are thorough and praiseworthy.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
|Texts by Louis FitzGerald Benson (43)||As||Instances|
|A glory lit the wintry sky||Rev. Louis Benson (Author)||2|
|A King might miss the guiding star||Louis FitzGerald Benson (Author)||8|
|Ate, maka kiŋ towaṡte||Louis F. Benson (Author)||1|
|Brightly shine, ye heavens||Rev. Louis F. Benson (Author)||2|
|By roads that wound uphill and down||Louis FitzGerald Benson (Author)||5|
|Father, once more within thy house||Louis FitzGerald Benson (Author)||2|
|For the bread which you have broken||Louis FitzGerald Benson (Author)||37|
|Forward, singing Glory to our Lord the King||Louis FitzGerald Benson (Author)||5|
|From hands that would our land deflower||Louis FitzGerald Benson (Author)||4|
|Happy town of Salem||Louis F. Benson (Author)||8|
|Ho, kantu nun pri Betleĥem'||Louis F. Benson (Author)||3|
|Holy Spirit, come, confirm us||Louis F. Benson (Author (C))||1|
|How patiently they trod||Louis FitzGerald Benson (Author)||2|
|I name thy hallowed name||Louis FitzGerald Benson (Author)||8|
|Let freemen's hearts grow bolder||Rev. Louis F. Benson (Author)||4|
|Near the cross her vigil keeping||Louis FitzGerald Benson, 1855-1930 (Translator)||4|
|Near the cross her vigil keeping Stood the mother, worn with weeping||Louis FitzGerald Benson (Author)||5|
|Now the winter days are o'er||Rev. Louis F. Benson (Author)||3|
|O Christ, who didst our tasks fulfil||L. F. Benson (Author)||12|
|O holy one our prayers are done||Louis FitzGerald Benson (Author)||2|
|O Love that lights the eastern sky||Louis FitzGerald Benson (Author)||4|
|O Master Teacher, teach us now||Louis Fitzgerald Benson (1855-1930) (Author (stanza 5))||1|
|O risen Christ, who from Thy throne||Louis F. Benson (Author)||8|
|O sing a song of Bethlehem Of shepherds watching there||Louis FitzGerald Benson (Author)||53|
|O splendor of God's glory bright, From light eternal bringing light||Louis F. Benson (Trans. compiler)||24|
|O thou who didst life's tasks fulfil||Louis F. Benson (Author)||4|
|O Thou whose feet have climbed life's hill||Louis F. Benson (Author)||41|
|O thou whose gracious presence blessed||Louis F. Benson, 1855-1930 (Author)||16|
|Open the door to the Savior||Rev. Louis F. Benson (Author)||4|
|Our praises, Lord, Thou dost not need||Louis Benson (Translator)||2|
|Our wilful hearts have gone astray||Louis F. Benson (Author)||4|
|Out of the skies, like angel eyes||Rev. Louis F. Benson (Author)||2|
|Patient shepherds keeping watches of the night||Louis FitzGerald Benson (Author)||2|
|Safely through another week||Louis FitzGerald Benson, 1855-1930 (Adapter)||3|
|Something every heart is loving||Louis F. Benson (Translator)||2|
|Still by constant love surrounded||Louis FitzGerald Benson (Author)||3|
|The lamps of heaven are burning still||Louis FitzGerald Benson (Author)||3|
|The light of God is falling upon life's common way||Louis F. Benson, 1855-1930 (Author)||38|
|The sun is on the land and sea||Rev. Louis F. Benson (Author)||18|
|The sun is on the sea and shore||Louis F. Benson (Author)||2|
|The winter night was dark and still||Louis FitzGerald Benson (Author)||6|
|When I awake from slumber||Rev. Louis F. Benson (Author)||3|
|Who will teach me how to pray||Rev. Louis F. Benson (Author)||2|