James Freeman Clarke

James Freeman Clarke
Short Name: James Freeman Clarke
Full Name: Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888
Birth Year: 1810
Death Year: 1888

Clarke, James Freeman, D.D., is a grandson of James Freeman (q. v.)> from whom he was named. He was born at Hanover, New Hampshire, April 4, 1810, and graduated at Harvard College, in Arts, in 1829, and in Divinity, 1833. Receiving ordination as a Unitarian Minister, he was Pastor at Louisville, Kentucky, from 1833 to 1840; of the Church of the Disciples, Boston, from 1811 to 1830; and also from 1853. Dr. Clarke for some time edited, whilst at Louisville, The Western Messenger, and is the author of Orthodoxy, its Truths and Errors, 1866; The Christian Doctrine of Forgiveness, 1852; The Christian Doctrine of Prayer, 1854, and other works. In 1844 he published the Hymn Book for the Church of the Disciples. This he enlarged in 1852. To each edition be contributed five hymns. Of these ten hymns five are found in the Lyra Sacra Americana The best known of Dr. Clarke's hymns are:—
1. Father, to us Thy children, humbly kneeling. [thoughts desired.] Dr. Clarke says this was manufactured from:—
2. Infinite Spirit, who art round us ever. [Holy thoughts desired], “which was written in Kentucky about 1833, and printed in the Dial soon after."
3. Brother, hast thou wandered far! [The Prodigal Son.] This appeared in his Disciples' Hymn Book, 1844, and is somewhat extensively used. It appeared in an Brother abbreviated form as, "Hast thou wasted all the powers?" beginning with stanza ii., in Hymns for the Church of Christ, Boston, 1853; Beecher's Plymouth Collection, 1855, and subsequently in others in Great Britain and America. The next three are also in one or two English collections.
4. To Thee, 0 God, in heaven. [Holy Baptism.] 1844.
5. To Him who children blessed. [Holy Baptism.] 1844.
6. Friend, whose presence in the house. [Christ's presence desired.] 1855. The beauty and value of this last hymn have been partly, and deserve to be more fully, recognized. It is found in Lyra Sac. Amer., which also has the following on "The Protestant Reformation":—
7. For all Thy gifts we praise Thee, Lord. This hymn was sung at the collation given by the Unitarians of New York and Brooklyn to the Members of the Convention assembled in the former city, Oct. 22, 1845. As originally written it contained 8 stanzas; the last two are omitted from both Lyra Sac. Americana and Putnam's Singers and Songs of the Liberal Faith. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Texts by James Freeman Clarke (17)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Allah, Allah, cried the sick manJames F. Clarke (Author)2
Brother [sinner] hast thou wandered farJames Freeman Clarke (Author)English77
Dear Friend, whose presence in the houseRev. J. F. Clarke (1810-1888) (Author)English25
Father, to us, thy children, humbly kneelingJames Freeman Clarke (Author)English60
For all Thy gifts we praise Thee, LordJames Freeman Clarke (Author)English10
Give me, my God, to feel thee in my joyJames Freeman Clarke (Author)2
Hast thou wasted all the powersJ. T. Clarke (Author)5
Here after Jacob parted from his brotherJames Freeman Clarke (Author)2
Infinite Spirit, who art round us everJ. F. Clarke (Author)4
O that angelic bliss were mineJames Freeman Clarke (Author)3
O thou, by God ordained to lead the raceJames Freeman Clarke (Author)2
Thou art my God, my God, and I will praise theeJames Freeman Clarke (Author)2
To Him who children blessedJ. F. Clarke (Author)English26
To thee, O God in heavenJames Freeman Clarke (Author)English32
Unseen yet not unfelt if any thoughtJames Freeman Clarke (Author)1
When April's warmth unlocks the clodJames Freeman Clarke (Author)2
Where, for a thousand milesJames Freeman Clarke (Author)3
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