John H. Hopkins

John H. Hopkins
Short Name: John H. Hopkins
Full Name: Hopkins, John H. (John Henry), 1820-1891
Birth Year: 1820
Death Year: 1891

John Henry Hopkins, Jr., American ecclesiologist, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 28, 1820, the eldest son of pioneer parents, the father from Dublin, and the mother from Hamburg. His father was successively ironmaster, school teacher, lawyer, priest, and second Episcopal bishop of Vermont, becoming presiding bishop in 1865. The son reflected the artistic talents of both parents in music, poetry, and art. After graduation from the University of Vermont in 1839, he worked as a reporter in New York City while studying law. From 1842 to 1844, he tutored the children of Bishop Elliott of Savannah, Georgia, returning to take his M.A. from Vermont in 1845. He graduated from General Theological Seminary in 1850 and was ordained deacon. From 1855 to 1857, he served as the first instructor in church music at the Seminary. He founded and edited the Church Journal from 1853 to 1868.
During these years he took an active interested in the New York Ecclesiological Society, the American counterpart of Neale's society at Cambridge. Here his artistic talents showed themselves in designing stained-glass windows, episcopal seals, and a wide variety of other church ornaments. At the same time his musical talents led to the writing and composing of a number of fine hymns and tunes, as well as anthems and services.
He was ordained a priest in 1872. He was rector of Trinity Church, Plattsburg, New York, from 1876 to 1887. He died at a friend's home near Hudson, New York, August 14, 1891.
Although little known in the hymnody of other churches save for his carol "We three kings of Orient are," Hopkins was one of the great leaders in the development of hymnody in the Episcopal church during the mid-nineteenth century. His Carols, Hymns, and Songs, first published in 1863, had a fourth edition in 1883. His Canticles Noted with Accompanying Harmonies, 1866, likewise went through several editions. His collected Poems by the Wayside was published in 1883. In 1887, he edited Bishop John Freeman Young's Great Hymns of the Church. His biography, by Charles Filkins Sweet, entitled A Champion of the Cross, appeared in 1894.
He was the author of "We three kings of Orient are" and "Come with us, O blessed Jesus," as well as composer of THREE KINGS OF ORIENT and COME HOLY GHOST.

--The Hymnal 1940 Companion


Hopkins, John Henry, D.D., Jun., son of J. H. Hopkins, sometime Bishop of Vermont, was born at Pittsburg, Pa., Oct. 28, 1820, educated at the University of Vermont, ordained in 1850, Rector of Christ's Church, Williamsport, Pa., 1876, and died at Troy, New York, Aug. 13, 1891. He published Poems by the Wayside written during more than Forty Years, N.Y., James Pott, 1883; and Carols, Hymns, and Songs, 1862; 3rd ed. 1882. Of his hymns the following are in common use:
1. Blow on, thou [ye] mighty Wind. Missions.
2. Come with us, O blessed Jesus. Holy Communion.
3. Glory to God the Father be. (Dated 1867.) Holy Trinity.
4. God hath made the moon whose beam. (Dated 1840.) Duty.
5. Lord, now round Thy Church behold. (Dated 1867.) For the Reunion of Christendom.
These hymns are in his Poems by the Wayside, 1883. In the same volume there are translations of the O Antiphons.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)


Hopkins, J. H., p. 1571, ii. The following additional hymns by him are in the American Hymnal, revised and enlarged .... Protestant Episcopal Church. . . U.S.A., 1892:—
1. God of our fathers, bless this our land. National Hymn.
2. When from the east the wise men came. Epiphany.

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

Wikipedia Biography

John Henry Hopkins (January 30, 1792 – January 9, 1868) was the first bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont and was the eighth Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.

Texts by John H. Hopkins (32)sort descendingAsInstances
ها من الشرق ملوكJohn H. Hopkins (Author)1
All people that on earth do dwellHopkins (Author)1
At Bethlehem, in wintery coldRev. John H. Hopkins, Jr. (Author)2
Blow on, thou mighty windJohn H. Hopkins (Author)2
Christ, our King, to heaven ascendethRev. Doc. J. H. Hopkins (Author)11
Come with us, O blessed JesusJohn Henry Hopkins, Jr., 1820-1891 (Author)9
Dayspring of Eternity, Brightness of the Father's gloryJohn H. Hopkins (Translator)10
Del Oriente somos los tresJohn Henry Hopkins (hijo), 1820-1891 (Author)5
Early ere the dawn of the morningJohn H. Hopkins, Jr. 1820-1891 (Author)2
Forth from Egypt's house of bondageJohn H. Hopkins (Author)2
Gather around the Christmas tree! Gather around the Christmas tree!John H. Hopkins (Author)22
God hath made the moon, whose beamJohn H. Hopkins (Author)8
God of our fathers, Bless this our landRev. Dr. J. H. Hopkins (Author)10
Hail to the morn when Christ is bornJohn Henry Hopkins, Jr. (Author)1
How bright appears the Morning-Star With grace and truth beyond compareJohn H. Hopkins (Author)1
Jesu, Fount of pleasureJohn H. Hopkins (Author)1
Mercy, good Lord, mercy I askHopkins (Author)1
O, come to the Savior, for why will you dieJohn H. Hopkins (Author)2
O tell us, ye that from your homeJohn H. Hopkins (Author)5
O turn ye, O turn ye, for why will ye dieJohn H. Hopkins (Author)4
Omvend dig, omvend dig, hvorfor vil du, Sj'lJohn H. Hopkins (Author)2
Our Lord is risen todayJohn H. Hopkins (Author)2
Praise to the Father, the glorious King of creationJ. H. Hopkins, 1820-91 (Author)8
Roman soldier, tell us trueJohn H. Hopkins (Author)2
Sadly in the gathering gloomJohn H. Hopkins (Author)5
Slumberers, wake, the Bridegroom comethJohn H. Hopkins (Author)1
Thy praise alone, O Lord, doth reignJohn H. Hopkins (Author)2
Volvéos, volvéos, ¿por que moriréis?John Henry Hopkins (Author)2
We three kings of Orient areJohn Henry Hopkins, Jr., 1820-1891 (Author)252
When from the east the wise men cameJ H Hopkins (Author)9
Why sleep we, my brethren? come, let us ariseJohn H. Hopkins (Author)28
Ye righteous, in the Lord rejoice, It comely is and rightJohn H. Hopkins (Author)7

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