Robert Campbell

Short Name: Robert Campbell
Full Name: Campbell, Robert, 1814-1868
Birth Year: 1814
Death Year: 1868

Robert Campbell was an advocate residing in Edinburgh. He is not much known as an author, but some of his hymns have been adopted in several hymnals. He was Roman Catholic. His death occurred in 1868.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.

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Campbell, Robert. Advocate, of Sherrington, Scotland, was born at Trochmig, Ayrshire, Dec. 19, 1814. When quite a boy he attended the University of Glasgow. Though showing from his earliest years a strong predilection for Theological studies, eventually he fixed upon the Scottish law as a profession. To this end he entered the Law Classes of the University of Edinburgh, and in due course entered upon the duties of an advocate. Originally a Presbyterian, at an early age he joined the Episcopal Church of Scotland. He became a zealous and devoted Churchman, directing his special attention to the education of the children of the poor. His classical attainments were good, and his general reading extensive. In 1848 he began a series of translations of Latin hymns. These he submitted to Dr. Neale, Dr. Mills of Ely, and other competent judges. In 1850, a selection therefrom, together with a few of his original hymns, and a limited number from other writers, was published as Hymns and Anthems for Use in the Holy Services of the Church within the United Diocese of St. Andrews, Dunkeld, and Dunblane. Edinburgh, R. Lendrum & Co.
This collection, known as the St. Andrews Hymnal, received the special sanction of Bishop Torry, and was used throughout the Diocese for some years. Two years after its publication he joined the Roman Catholic Church. During the next sixteen years he devoted much time to the young and poor. He died at Edinburgh, Dec. 29, 1868.
From his collection of 1850, four translations were given in Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861, "At the Lamb's high feast we sing;" “Come, pure hearts, in sweetest measures;" "Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem;" " Ye servants of a martyr'd God" (altered). Attention was thereby directed to his translations. They are smooth, musical, and well sustained. A large number, not included in his 1850 collection, were left by him in manuscript. From these Mr. O.Shipley has printed several in his Annus Sanctus, 1884. (C. MSS.)

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Texts by Robert Campbell (35)sort descendingAsInstances
Again the time appointed seeRobert Campbell (Author)1
All glory to the Father be, The Spirit and the SonRobert Campbell, 1814-1868 (Translator)2
At the Lamb's high feast we singRobert Campbell, 1814-1868 (Translator)134
Blest Three in One and One in ThreeRobert Campbell (Author)1
Christ the glory of the skyRev. Fr. Campbell (Translator)4
Christen, kommt, mit schoenen WeisenRobert Campbell (Author)2
Come, O Spirit, Lord of graceRobert Campbell (Author)2
Come, pure hearts, in sweetest measuresRobert Campbell (Translator)36
Creator Spirit, Lord of grace (Campbell)Robert Campbell (Author)3
Fearful thought of endless doomRobert Campbell (Translator)2
Hail this joyful day's returnRobert Campbell, 1814-1868 (Translator)7
Holy Babe, our great salvationRobert Campbell (Translator)2
Jesus, highest heaven's completenessRobert Campbell (Author)2
Lamb, whose blood for all men streamedRobert Campbell (Translator)2
Let hymns of joy to grief succeedRobert Campbell (Author)1
Light of the anxious heart Jesus, thy supplicants cheerRobert Campbell (Author)3
Maker of the starry sphereRobert Campbell (Author)2
Now ancient shadows fleeRobert Campbell, 1814-1868 (Translator)2
O gracious Lord, Creator dearRobert Campbell (Author)3
O Saviour, Who for man hast trodRobert Campbell (Author)3
O Wakaŋtaŋka waṡakaRobert Campbell (Translator)1
Praise the Lord, whose love divineRobert Campbell (Translator)2
Sing, choirs of new JerusalemRobert Campbell (Translator)36
The advent of our King Our thoughts must now employRobert Campbell (Author)9
With Christ we died, with Christ we roseR. Campbell (Translator)1
They come, God's messengers of loveRobert Campbell (Author)4
Thou from the cradle to the graveRobert Campbell, 1814-1868 (Translator)2
Thy sacred race, O Lord, is runRobert Campbell (Author)1
Un banquete tan triunfalRobert Campbell, 1814-1868 (Translator (English))2
We plough the fields, and scatterR. Campbell (Translator)1
What beauteous sun surpassing StarRobert Campbell (Author)2
Word of God, eternal SonRobert Campbell (Translator)2
Word of God to earth descendingRobert Campbell (Author)3
Ye people, cease from tearsRichard Campbell (Translator)2
Ye servants of our glorious KingRobert Campbell (Translator (from Latin))1
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