Henry Ramsden Bramley

Short Name: Henry Ramsden Bramley
Full Name: Bramley, Henry Ramsden, 1833-1917
Birth Year: 1833
Death Year: 1917

English clergyman, a high-church Anglican. Text editor of Christmas Carols New and Old, 1871 (John Stainer was the music editor), a seminal work in the second period of carol revival. The usual four-part setting of "The First Nowell" appeared in this book. Published a number of translations of hymns and carols from the Latin.


Bramley, Henry Ramsden, M.A., was born June 4, 1833, at Addingham, near Otley, Yorks, matriculated at Oriel College, Oxford, 1852, Scholar of University College 1853, Fellow of Magdalen 1857 (B.A. 1856, M.A. 1859). He was ordained D. 1856, P. 1858, was from 1861 to 1889 Vicar of Horspath, Oxon, and from 1895 to 1901 Canon and Precentor of Lincoln. His hymns and translations appeared principally in his own Christmas Carols (p. 212, ii.) and in the different Lyras edition by Mr. Shipley, generally marked as by " H. R. B." Of these, "The great God of Heaven is come down to earth" (Christmas), p. 212, ii., is in the English Hymnal, 1906. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

Wikipedia Biography

Henry Ramsden Bramley (4 June 1833 – February 1917) was an English clergyman and hymnologist perhaps best known for his collaborations with the composer Sir John Stainer. Along with earlier 19th-century composers such as William Sandys and John Mason Neale, Bramley and Stainer are credited with fuelling a Victorian revival of Christmas carols with their 1871 publication of Christmas Carols, New and Old, which popularised carols such as "The First Nowell", "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen" and "The Holly and the Ivy".

Texts by Henry Ramsden Bramley (11)sort descendingAsInstances
Come let us all sweet Carols singH. R. Bramley (Translator)1
Jesu hail! O God most holyHenry R. Bramley (Translator (from Latin))2
Like silver lamps in a distant shrineH. R. Bramley (Author)1
Listen, lordlings, unto meHenry Ramsden Bramley (Author)1
Now rise up, ye shepherds; this night is He bornH. R. Bramley (Author)1
The great God of heaven is come down to earthRev. H. R. Bramley (Author)5
The virgin stills the cryingH. R. Bramley (Author)3
Wake all music's magic powersH. R. Bramley (Author)3
What soul inspiring musicH. R. Bramley (Author)5
When I view the mother holdingH. R. Bramley (Author)2
Why, most highest, art thou lyingH. R. Bramley (Author)3

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