Richard Watson Gilder

Richard Watson Gilder
Short Name: Richard Watson Gilder
Full Name: Gilder, Richard Watson, 1844-1909
Birth Year: 1844
Death Year: 1909

Gilder, Richard Watson, LL.D., was born at Bordentown, N.J., Feb. 8, 1844, and educated at a Seminary at Flushing, L.I. He was associate-editor of Scribner's Monthly (now The Century) from its commencement in 1870 to 1881, when, on the death of J. G. Holland, he became editor-in-chief. His poetical works are somewhat numerous, and include The New Day, 1875; Lyrics, 1885; Two Worlds, 1801; Poems and Inscriptions, 1901; and In the Heights, 1905. His hymns in common use are:—
1. In myriad forms, by myriad names. [ Divine Incomprehensibility.] This, in In Excelsis, N.Y., 1897, is composed of the last two stanzas of a hymn sung at the presentation of the Egyptian Obelisk to the City of New York, Feb. 22, 1881. The hymn is in his Lyrics,
1885, p. 5.
2. To Thee, Eternal Soul, be praise! [God speaking through His Saints.] Written for the Methodist Hymnal, N.Y., 190 [Rev. L. F. Benson, D.D.]

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


Gilder, Richard Watson, L.L.D. (February 8, 1844--November 18, 1909). Dr. Guilder's schooling began at his father's school for girls at Belle Vue, Bordentown, New Jersey, where he was the only boy enrolled. Details of his further education are vague, but the future editor began his journalistic work at the age of twelve or thirteen by publishing a paper of his own. He read law for a time before becoming a reporter on Newark, New Jersey, papers. In 1863, he joined a volunteer company of the Union Army, the First Philadelphia Artillery, but saw little actual combat service. Later he acted as paymaster for a railway company. He was a pioneer in magazine illustration beginning with his early association with Scribner's. Always a leader in plans for civic betterment, he was quite active through his late years; though in failing health he delivered a public lecture only two weeks before his death, which occurred at the home of a friend in New York City.

His real contribution to American literature was as editor of an excellent literary magazine rather than through his own writing. He was the recipient of many honorary degrees from various educational institutions.

Sources: Dictionary of American Biography; Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography; National Cyclopedia of American Biography; Who Was Who I.

--Robert G. McCutchan, DNAH Archives

Wikipedia Biography

Richard Watson Gilder (February 8, 1844 – November 19, 1909) was an American poet and editor.

Texts by Richard Watson Gilder (13)sort descendingAsInstances
A sower went forth to sowRichard Watson Gilber (Author)2
Beneath the deep and solemn midnight skyRichard Watson Gilder (Author)2
Each moment holy is, for out from GodRichard Watson Gilder (Author)2
God of the strong, God of the weakRichard Watson Gilder (Author)41
If Jesus Christ is a manRichard Watson Gilder (Author)2
In myriad forms, by myriad namesR. W. Gilder (Author)5
No heavenly maid we here beholdRichard Watson Gilder (Author)2
Not alone in pain and gloomRichard Watson Gilder (Author)2
The mountain that the morn doth kissRichard Watson Gilder (Author)2
There is nothing new under the sunRichard Watson Gilder (Author)2
This is the earth he walked onRichard Watson Gilder (Author)2
Through love to light, O wonderful the wayRichard Watson Gilder (1844-1909) (Author)9
To thee, eternal soul, be praiseRichard Watson Gilder (Author)29

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