|Short Name:||James Freeman Clarke|
|Full Name:||Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888|
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)||As||Authority Languages||Instances|
|Allah, Allah, cried the sick man||James F. Clarke (Author)||2|
|Brother [sinner] hast thou wandered far||James Freeman Clarke (Author)||English||77|
|Dear Friend, whose presence in the house||Rev. J. F. Clarke (1810-1888) (Author)||English||25|
|Father, to us, thy children, humbly kneeling||James Freeman Clarke (Author)||English||60|
|For all Thy gifts we praise Thee, Lord||James Freeman Clarke (Author)||English||10|
|Give me, my God, to feel thee in my joy||James Freeman Clarke (Author)||2|
|Hast thou wasted all the powers||J. T. Clarke (Author)||5|
|Here after Jacob parted from his brother||James Freeman Clarke (Author)||2|
|Infinite Spirit, who art round us ever||J. F. Clarke (Author)||4|
|O that angelic bliss were mine||James Freeman Clarke (Author)||3|
|O thou, by God ordained to lead the race||James Freeman Clarke (Author)||2|
|Thou art my God, my God, and I will praise thee||James Freeman Clarke (Author)||2|
|To Him who children blessed||J. F. Clarke (Author)||English||26|
|To thee, O God in heaven||James Freeman Clarke (Author)||English||32|
|Unseen yet not unfelt if any thought||James Freeman Clarke (Author)||1|
|When April's warmth unlocks the clod||James Freeman Clarke (Author)||2|
|Where, for a thousand miles||James Freeman Clarke (Author)||3|