William Walsham How

William Walsham How
Short Name: William Walsham How
Full Name: How, William Walsham, 1823-1897
Birth Year: 1823
Death Year: 1897

How, William Walsham, D.D., son of William Wybergh How, Solicitor, Shrewsbury, was born Dec. 13, 1823, at Shrewsbury, and educated at Shrewsbury School and Wadham College, Oxford (B.A. 1845). Taking Holy Orders in 1846, he became successively Curate of St. George's, Kidderminster, 1846; and of Holy Cross, Shrewsbury, 1848. In 1851 he was preferred to the Rectory of Whittington, Diocese of St. Asaph, becoming Rural Dean in 1853, and Hon. Canon of the Cathedral in 1860. In 1879 he was appointed Rector of St. Andrew's Undershaft, London, and was consecrated Suffragan Bishop for East London, under the title of the Bishop of Bedford, and in 1888 Bishop of Wakefield. Bishop How is the author of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Commentary on the Four Gospels; Plain Words , Four Series; Plain Words for Children; Pastor in Parochia; Lectures on Pastoral Work; Three All Saints Summers, and Other Poems , and numerous Sermons , &c. In 1854 was published Psalms and Hymns, Compiled by the Rev. Thomas Baker Morrell, M.A., . . . and the Rev. William Walsham How, M.A. This was republished in an enlarged form in 1864, and to it was added a Supplement in 1867. To this collection Bishop How contributed several hymns, and also to the S. P. C. K. Church Hymns , of which he was joint editor, in 1871. The Bishop's hymns in common use amount in all to nearly sixty.
Combining pure rhythm with great directness and simplicity, Bishop How's compositions arrest attention more through a comprehensive grasp of the subject and the unexpected light thrown upon and warmth infused into facia and details usually shunned by the poet, than through glowing imagery and impassioned rhetoric. He has painted lovely images woven with tender thoughts, but these are few, and found in his least appreciated work. Those compositions which have laid the firmest hold upon the Church, are simple, unadorned, but enthusiastically practical hymns, the most popular of which, "O Jesu, Thou art standing"; "For all the Saints who from their labours rest," and "We give Thee but Thine own," have attained to a foremost rank. His adaptations from other writers as in the case from Bishop Ken, "Behold, the Master passeth by," are good, and his Children's hymns are useful and popular. Without any claims to rank as a poet, in the sense in which Cowper and Montgomery were poets, he has sung us songs which will probably outlive all his other literary works.
The more important of Bishop How's hymns, including those already named, and "Lord, Thy children guide and keep"; "O Word of God Incarnate"; "This day at Thy creating word"; "Who is this so weak and helpless"; and others which have some special history or feature of interest, are annotated under their respective first lines. The following are also in common use:—
i. From Psalms & Hymns, 1854.
1. Before Thine awful presence, Lord. Confirmation.
2. Jesus, Name of wondrous love [priceless worth]. Circumcision. The Name Jesus .
3. Lord Jesus, when we stand afar. Passiontide.
4. O blessing rich, for sons of men. Members of Christ.
5. 0 Lord of Hosts, the earth is Thine. In time of War.
6. O Lord, Who in Thy wondrous love. Advent.
ii. From Psalms & Hymns, enlarged, 1864.
7. Lord, this day Thy children meet. Sunday School Anniversary.
iii. From Supplement to the Psalms & Hymns, 1867.
8. Hope of hopes and joy of joys. Resurrection.
9. 0 daughters blest of Galilee. For Associations of Women.
10. O happy feet that tread. Public Worship.
11. With trembling awe the chosen three. Transfiguration.
iv. From Parish Magazine, 1871, and Church Hymns, 1871.
12. O Jesu, crucified for man. Friday.
13. Yesterday, with worship blest. Monday.
v. From the S. P. C. K. Church Hymns. 1871.
14. Bowed low in supplication. For the Parish.
15. Great Gabriel sped on wings of light. Annunciation, of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
16. O blest was he, whose earlier skill. St. Luke.
17. O God, enshrined in dazzling light. Omnipresence. Divine Worship .
18. O heavenly Fount of Light and Love. Witsuntide.
19. O Lord, it is a blessed thing. Weekdays.
20. 0 One with God the Father. Epiphany.
21. O Thou through suffering perfect made. Hospitals.
22. Rejoice, ye sons of men. Purification of the B. V. M.
23. Summer suns are glowing. Summer.
24. The year is swiftly waning. Autumn.
25. Thou art the Christ, O Lord. St. Peter.
26. To Thee our God we fly. National Hymn.
27. Upon the holy Mount they stood. Transfiguration and Church Guilds.
28. We praise Thy grace, 0 Saviour. St. Mark.
vi. From the S. P. C. K. Children's Hymns, 1872.
29. Behold a little child. Jesus the Child's Example.
30. Come, praise your Lord and Saviour. Children's Praises.
31. It is a thing most wonderful. Sunday School Anniversary.
32. On wings of living light. Easter.
Bishop How's hymns and sacred and secular pieces were collected and published as Poems and Hymns, 1886. The Hymns, 54 in all, are also published separately. He d. Aug. 10, 1897.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


How, W. W., p. 540, i. He died Aug. 10, 1897. His Memoir, by F. D. How, was published in 1898.

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

Texts by William Walsham How (92)AsInstancessort descending
O Lord of hosts, the earth is thineWilliam W. How (Author)1
Before thy holy presence, Lord, Thy sinful servants bowWilliam Walsham How (Author)1
In Heavenly Love abidingW. W. How (Author)1
Great and glorious Father, humbly we adore theeWilliam Walsham How (Author)1
The Savior now is standing Outside the fast closed doorWilliam Walsham How (Author)1
From all that dwell below the skiesWilliam W. How, 1823-97 (Author (st. 3))1
Jesus! He caje wakaŋW. Walsham How (Author)1
Tohoŋwiŋd maḣpiya kiŋW. Walsham How (Author)1
Hopo kiktapi yeW. Walsham How (Author)1
Wakaŋtaŋka Tamakoce wakaŋW. Walsham How (Author)1
Great Shepherd of the sheepW. W. How (Author)1
All praise to thee, for thou, O King divineWiliam W. How (Author (B))1
Soldiers of Christ, arise, And put your armor on; Strong in the strength which God suppliesW. Walsham How (Author)1
Yesterday with worship blestWilliam Walsham How (Author)2
Brightly gleams our bannerWilliam Walsham How (Author)2
Jesus, agtactacdercaWilliam Walsham How (Author)2
O my Savior, lifted From the earth, From the earth for meWilliam Walsham How, 1823-1897 (Author)2
Pour tous les saints près de toi recueillisWilliam W. How (1823-1897) (Author)2
Jesus, name decreed of oldWilliam Walsham How (Author)2
Near, O God, to theeWilliam Walsham How (Author)2
O blest communion, fellowshipWilliam Walsham How (Author)2
Oh Dios! Tu Verbo santoWilliam Walsham How, 1823-1897 (Author)2
O Jesu Christ, du wartestWilliam Walsham How (Author)2
O Jesus, du stehst draussenWilliam Walsham How (Author)2
O Wort, voll Trost und GnadenWilliam Walsham How (Author)2
One with God the Father In majesty and mightWilliam Walsham How (Author)2
Pilgrim, seek not yet reposeWilliam Walsham How (Author)2
Summer days are glowingWilliam Walsham How (Author)2
For that great host who by their labors blestWilliam Walsham How (Author)2
The church of thy dear SonWilliam Walsham How (Author)2
Midera Anao ny olo-masinaW. W. How (Author)2
Mid the homes of want and woeW. W. How (Author)3
Upon the holy mount they stoodBishop W. Walsham How (Author)3
O holy Lord uplifted highWilliam Walsham How (Author)3
Arise, O Lord of hostsWilliam Walsham How (Author)3
Bowed low in supplicationWilliam Walsham How (Author)3
E ka Logou me kakou, Ka Naauao mai oWilliam H. How (Author)3
With weary feet and saddened heartWilliam Walsham How (Author)3
Herr Jesus, gieb du selbst die KraftWilliam Walsham How (Author)3
Hoy, por los santos que descansan yaWilliam Walsham How, 1823-1897 (Author)4
O King of kings, whose reign of oldBishop W. Walsham How (Author)4
Behold a little childWilliam W. How (Author)4
O heavenly fount of light and loveWilliam Walsham How (Author)4
Before thine awful presence, LordWilliam Walsham How (Author)4
Stand, soldier of the crossBishop W. W. How (Author)4
With trembling awe the chosen threeWilliam Walsham How (Author)4
For the apostles' glorious companyWilliam Walsham How (Author)4
Rejoice, ye sons of men! Your brightest praises yieldBishop W. How (Author)5
O Jesus, strong and pure, and trueWilliam Walsham How (Author)5
O blessing rich, for sons of menWilliam W. How (Author)5
Through the passing of the weekBp. William Walsham How (1823— ) (Author)5
God's free mercy streamethWm. W. How (Author)6
God of mercy and of loveWilliam Walsham How (Author)6
Winter reigneth o'er the landW. W. How (Author)7
The ever changing seasons in silence come and goWilliam Walsham How (Author)7
O daughters blest of GalileeW. Walsham How (Author)8
We praise thy grace, O SaviourW. Walsham How (Author)8
Ashamed of Thee! O dearest LordW. W. How (Author)9
Blest Jesus, grant us strengthRev. Wm. Walsham How (Author)9
O Lord, it is a blessed thingBp. W. W. How, 1823- (Author)9
The city paved with goldWilliam W. How (Author)9
Christian, seek not yet reposeWilliam Walsham How (Author)10
The angel sped on wings of lightW. W. How (Author)11
The joyous life that year by yearWilliam Walsham How (Author)12
Who trusts in God, a strong abodeWalter Washam How (Alterer)13
O Thou through suffering perfect madeBishop W. W. How (Author)14
This day the light of heavenly birthW. W. How (Author)14
When the dark waves round us rollWilliam Walsham How (Author)14
Thou art the Christ, O LordWilliam Walsham How, 1823-1897 (Author)15
O my Savior, lifted From the earth for meBishop William Walsham How (1823-1897) (Author)16
It is a thing most wonderfulWilliam Walsham How, 1823-97 (Author)20
The year is swiftly waningBishop W. Walsham How (Author)24
Who is this, so weak and helplessWilliam Walsham How, 1823-1897 (Author)24
This day at thy creating wordW. W. How, 1823-97 (Author)29
O Holy Lord, content to liveWilliam Walsham How (Author)31
Lord, Thy children guide and keepW. Walsham How (Author)33
Nearer, O God, to Thee! Hear Thou our prayerW. W. How (Author)33
O Jesu, crucified for manW. Walsham How (Author)37
Behold, the Master passeth by!W. Walsham How (Author)39
Come, praise your Lord and SaviorW. W. How (Author)41
O One with God the FatherWilliam Walsham How (Author)52
Lord, this day thy children meetW. W. How (Author)54
On wings of living lightW. Walsham How (Author)62
To Thee our God, we flyW. Walsham How (Author)63
Lord Jesus! when we stand afarWilliam W. How (Author)72
Soldiers of the cross, arise! Gird you with your armor brightW. Walsham How (Author)74
Jesus! Name of wondrous love!W. Walsham How (Author)122
Summer suns are glowingW. Walsham How (Author)195
We give Thee but Thine ownWilliam Walsham How (Author)378
O Word of God incarnateWilliam Walsham How (Author)400
For all the Saints, who from their labor restWilliam Walsham How (Author)448
O Jesus, thou art standingWilliam Walsham How (Author)534

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