Frederick Lucian Hosmer

Frederick Lucian Hosmer
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Short Name: Frederick Lucian Hosmer
Full Name: Hosmer, Frederick L. (Frederick Lucian), 1840-1929
Birth Year: 1840
Death Year: 1929

Hosmer, Frederick Lucian, B.A., was born at Framingham, Mass., in 1840, and educated at Harvard, where he graduated B.A. in 1869. Entering the Unitarian Ministry in 1872 he has held charges in Quincy, Ill., 1872-77; Cleveland, Ohio, 1878-92; St. Louis, 1894-99; and since 1899, at Berkeley, Cal. His Way of Life, 1877, was a compilation of Prayers and Responsive Services for Sunday Schools. Of Unity Hymns and Carols, 1880, he was joint editor with W. C. Gannett and J. V. Blake. His hymns were published jointly by him and W. C. Gannett (q.v.), as The Thought of God in Hymns and Poems (Boston: Little, Brown & Co.), 1st Series, 1885; 2nd Series, 1894. Of his 56 hymns in this work the following have come into common use, for the most part during the past ten years:—
1. Father, to Thee we look in all our sorrow. [Trust in God.] Written in 1881 upon the death of a member of the author's congregation, and published in The Thought of God, 1st Series, 1885.
2. From age to age how grandly rise. [Unity.] Written for the annual festival of the Free Religious Assoc, Boston, June 2, 1899, and first published in Souvenir Festival Hymns, 1899. Subsequently altered by the author to "From age to age the prophet's vision."
3. From age to age they gather, all the brave of heart and strong. [Victory of Truth.] "Written in 1891 for the Dedication of Unity Church, Decorah, Iowa, and published in The Thought of God, 2nd Series, 1894.
4. From many ways and wide apart. [College or School Reunion.] Dated in The Thought of God, 2nd Series, 1894, as having been written in 1890.
5. Go not, my soul, in search of Him. [God Within.] Written in 1879, printed in the Boston Christian Register, May 31, 1879, and included in The Thought of God, 1st Series, 1885, with the title, "The Indwelling God."
6. I cannot think of them as dead. [Eternal Life.] Written in 1882, and first published in The Thought of God, 1st Series, 1885, and entitled "My Dead." in the English collections it is usually given as "We cannot think of them as dead."
7. I little see, I little know. [Trust.] "A Psalm of Trust," written in 1883, first appeared in the Boston Christian Register, and again in The Thought of God, 1st Series, 1885.
8. Immortal by their deed and word. [The Spirit of Jesus.] Written in 1880, and first published in Unity Hymns and Carols, Chicago, Ill., 1880, and then in The Thought of God, 1st Series, 1885.
9. Many things in life there are. [Mystery in all Things.] Written in 1885, and first published in The Thought of God, 1st Series, 1885, with the title "Passing Understanding," and the quotation "The Peace of God which passeth all understanding."
10. Not always on the mount may we. [On the Mount.] This lesson from the Transfiguration was written in 1882, and published in the Chicago Unity, April 1, 1884. After revision by the author, it was included in the 1st Series of The Thought of God, 1885.
11. Not when, with self dissatisfied. [Lent.] Written in 1891, and given in The Thought of God, 2nd series, 1894, p. 33. It is in The Public School Hymn Book, 1903, and others.
12. O beautiful, my country. [National Hymn.] As “Our Country," written in 1884, and published in the Chicago Unity Festivals, 1884; and again in The Thought of God, 1885.
13. O Light, from age to age the same. [Dedication Anniversary.] Written in 1890 for the fiftieth anniversary of the Second Congregational Church (Unitarian), Quincy, 111. Included in The Thought of God, 2nd Series, 1894, and entitled "From Generation to Generation."
14. O Lord of Life, where'er they be. [Life in God.] "Written in 1888 for Easter service in Author's own church," and first published in the Chicago Unit, and again in The Thought of God, 2nd Series, 1894. The "Alleluia!" refrain, which is added in some collections to each verse, is appended, in the original, to the last verse only.
15. O Name, all other names above. [Trust in God.] Under the title "Found. 'They that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee!’ this hymn, written in 1878, was given in The Thought of God, 1st Series, 1885.
16. O Prophet souls of all the years. [Unity.] “Written in 1893 for, and sung at, the Unitarian gathering in connection with The World's Parliament of Religions (World's Fair), Chicago, Sep., 1893," and included in The Thought of God, 2nd Series, 1894, and entitled "One Law, One Life, one Love."
17. O Thou, in all Thy might so far. [God All in All.] This hymn, given in The Thought of God, 1st Series, 1885, with the title "The Mystery of God," was written in 1876, and first published in the New York Inquirer.
18. O thou in lonely vigil led. This encouragement for lonely workers was written for the "Emerson Commemoration, W. U. C, 1888," and included in The Thought of God, 2nd Series, 1894.
19. O Thou, Who art of all that is. [Divine Guidance.] Under the title "Through unknown paths," this hymn was included in The Thought of God, 1st Series, 1885. It was written in 1877.
20. O Thou, Whose Spirit witness bears. [Dedication of a Place of Worship.] Written for the Dedication of First Unitarian Church, Omaha, Feb. 6, 1891, and published in The Thought of God, 2nd Series, 1894, with the title "The Inward Witness," and the subscription "For T. K., Omaha, 1801."
21. On eyes that watch through sorrow's night. [Easter] A Carol for Easter Morn, written in 1890 for the author's congregation, and published in The Thought of God, 2nd Series, 1894.
22. One thought I have, my ample creed. [The Thought of God.] This is the initial hymn to the collection The Thought of God, 1st Series, 1885, and supplies the title to the work. It was written in 18S0, and first published in the Chicago Unity Hymns and Carols, 1880, and then in The Thought of God, 1885.
23. The rose is queen among the flowers. [Flower Service.] "Written in 1875, first published in The Sunnyside, a song book for Sunday Schools, and again in The Thought of God, 1st Series, 1885, under the title "Flower Sunday."
24. Thy kingdom come, — on bended knee. [Missions.] "Written in 1891 for the Commencement of the Meadville Theological School (Meadville, Pa.), June 12, 1891, and published in The Thought of God, 2nd Series, 1894," under the title "The Day of God," and the subscription, "M. T. S., June 12, 1891."
25. We pray no more, made lowly wise, For miracle and sign. [Greater Faith Desired.] Written in 1879, and first published in The Christian Register (Boston), Mar. 22 of that year, under the title 'The Larger Faith.'" Included under the same title in The Thought of God, 1st Series, 1885. Sometimes given as "Made lowly wise, we pray no more."
26. When courage fails, and faith burns low. [Victory of Truth.] Under the title "Loyalty," this hymn was given in The Thought of God, 1st Series, 1885. It was written in 1881.
27. Where men on mounts of vision Have passed the veil within. [Dedication of a Place of Worship.] "Written in 1891 for the Dedication of First Unitarian Church, Oakland, California." Included in The Thought of God, 2nd Series, 1894, entitled "Holy Places," and subscribed " For C. W. W., Oakland, Cal., 1891."
These annotations are from manuscript notes supplied to us by the author. Of these hymns all are in common use in America, and more than one half in Great Britain, mainly by Unitarians and Congregationalists. Amongst Unitarian hymn-writers of the last twenty years Mr. Hosmer is the most powerful and original known to us.

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


Texts by Frederick Lucian Hosmer (72)sort descendingAsInstances
يا عسكر الرحمان من تجندواFrederick L. Hosmer (Author)1
Again the angel song we hearFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)3
All hidden lie the future waysFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)7
An emerald bank of woodland bowersFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)2
Day after day in trailing splendorFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)2
El pensamiento de mi DiosFrederick Hosmer (Author)2
Far more than thou canst doFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)2
Father, to thee we look in all our sorrowFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)50
Father, to thee we turn away from sorrowFrederick L. Hosmer (Author)2
Flowers bring, carols singF. L. Hosmer (Author)3
Forward through the agesFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)77
From age to age the prophets [how grandly] riseFrederick L. Hosmer (Author)10
From age to age they gatherFrederick L. Hosmer (Author)33
From many ways and wide apartFrederick L. Hosmer (Author)5
Go now, my soul in search of HimFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)31
God that madest earth and heaven, Darkness and light!Frederick L. Hosmer, 1840-1929 (Author (stanza 2))16
Hear, hear, O ye nations, and hearing obeyFrederick L. Hosmer, 1840-1929 (Author)21
I came not hither of my willFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)5
I little see, I little knowF.L.Hosmer (Author)23
I walk the unfrequented roadFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)3
Immortal by their deed and wordFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)15
In this sign we conquerFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)2
Lo the day of days is here earth puts on her robe of cheerFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)9
Lo the day of days is here festival of hope and cheerFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)2
Lo the eastertide is hereFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)3
Many things in life there areFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)2
Not always on the mount may weFrederick L. Hosmer, 1840 - 1929 (Author)35
Not over great JerusalemFrederick L. Hosmer (Author)2
Not when with self dissatisfiedFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)2
Now while the day in trailing spleandorFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)6
Now while the day in trailing splendorFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)2
"O Beautiful! My Country!"F. L. Hosmer, 1840- (Author)32
O blest the souls that see and hearFrederick L. Hosmer (Author)7
O day of light and gladness, of prophecy and songFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)18
O Fount of being's seaFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)2
O light, from age to age the sameFrederick Lucien Hosmer, 1840-1929 (Author)19
O Lord of life, where'er they beFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)34
O name, all other names aboveFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)13
O not in far off realms of spaceFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)3
O prophet souls of all the yearsFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)12
O thou, in all thy might so farFrederick L. Hosmer (Author)72
O Thou in lonely vigil ledFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)8
O thou who art of all that isF. L. Hosmer (Author)12
O thou whose Spirit witness bearsFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)14
Oh, happy they in God who restFrederick L. Hosmer, 1840-1929 (Author)2
On eyes that watch through sorrow's nightFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)8
One thing I do, the things behind forgettingFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)2
One thought I have, my ample creedFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)35
Over the land in glory breaketh the Easter mornFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)4
Still loom the Sinais, rugged, grandFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)2
The Father's house is mansioned fairFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)2
The morning hangs her signalFrederick L. Hosmer (Author)2
The rose is queen among the flowersFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)13
The voice of old by Jordan's floodFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)6
Through willing heart and helping handFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)4
Thy kingdom come, O Lord, Wide circling as the sunFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)70
Thy kingdom come! on bended kneeFrederick L. Hosmer (Author)81
Today be joy in every heartFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)8
Unto thee, abiding ever, Look I in my needFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)4
Uplift the song of praiseFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)7
We all must go forth from the worldFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)2
I cannot think of them as deadFrederick Lucian Hosmer, 1840-1929 (Author)29
We pray no more, made lowly wiseFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)22
Whatsoever is just and pureFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)2
When courage fails, and faith burns lowFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)20
When fond hopes fall and skies are darkF. L. Hosmer (Author)2
When shadows gather on our wayRev. Frederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)14
Where men on mounts of visionFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)2
With grateful hearts, O God, to thee From whomFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)2
With heart and voice togetherFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)3
With joy we greet thy glad returnFrederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)3
With joy we greet thy glad return O happy day O happy day!Frederick Lucian Hosmer (Author)2

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