Bland Tucker

Short Name: Bland Tucker
Full Name: Tucker, Bland, 1895-1984
Birth Year: 1895
Death Year: 1984

Tucker, Francis Bland. (Norfolk, Virginia, January 6, 1895-- ). The son of a bishop and brother of a Presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, he was educated at the University of Virginia, B.A., 1914, and at Virginia Theological Seminary, B.D., 1920; D.D., 1944. He was ordained deacon in 1918, priest in 1920, after having served as a private in Evacuation Hospital No.15 of the American Expeditionary Forces in France during World War I.

His first charge was as a rector of Grammer Parish, Brunswick County, in southern Virginia. From 1925 to 1945, he was rector of historic St. John's Church, Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Then until retirement in 1967 he was rector of John Wesley's parish in Georgia, old Christ Church, Savannah. In "Reflections of a Hymn Writer" (The Hymn 30.2, Paril 1979, pp.115-116), he speaks of never having a through of writing a hymn until he was named a member of the Joint Commission on the Revision of the Hymnal in 1937 which prepared the Hymnal 1940The Hymnal 1940 Companion, and was then named to the Joint Commission on Church Music of the Episcopal Church where he served from 1946 to 1958. Subsequently he served on the Theological Committee which reviewed material for the successor to The Hymnal 1940. There his poetic talent was most adept at providing new phrases in older hymns where the original lines were too obsolete or sexist for late-twentieth-century users of the hymnal.

Several of the hymns which he wrote for The Hymnal 1940 have been adopted by hymnals of other denominations throughout the English-speaking world. At its annual convocation, Princeton, New Jersey, 1980, Fr. Tucker was named a Fellow of the Hymn Society of America.

--Leonard Ellinwood, DNAH Archives

Wikipedia Biography

Francis Bland Tucker (1895–1984) was born in Norfolk, Virginia on 6 January 1895. A Bible scholar, priest and hymn composer, he was educated at the University of Virginia and the Virginia Theological Seminary. Beginning in 1945, he was Rector of Christ Church in Savannah, Georgia. Tucker served on the two commissions, forty-two years apart, that revised hymnals of the Episcopal Church. The 1982 Episcopal Convention overwhelmingly approved the revised Hymnal which includes 17 of Tucker's contributions. Among these are the texts, Oh, Gracious Light (Hymns 25-26), Father, We Thank Thee Who Hast Planted (Hymns 302-303), and his original text, Our Father, by Whose Name (Hymn 587). Only John Mason Neale is credited with more items in the 1982 Hymnal. Tucker was also a theological advisor to the

Texts by Bland Tucker (28)sort descendingAsInstances
All glory be to God on high, And peace on earth from heavenF. Bland Tucker (Translator)8
All praise be yours, for you, O King divineF. Bland Tucker (Author)3
All praise to thee, for thou, O King divineF. Bland Tucker (Author)37
Alone thou goest forth, O LordF. Bland Tucker (Translator)19
Awake, O sleeper, rise from death, And Christ shall give you lightF. Bland Tucker, 1895-1984 (Author)11
Bread of the world, in mercy brokenFrancis Bland Tucker (Author (st. 2-3))2
Christ, when for us you were baptizedF. Bland Tucker (Author)10
Father, all thanks for having plantedFrancis Bland Tucker (Author)3
Father, we thank thee, who hast plantedF. Bland Tucker (Author)45
From God Christ's deity came forthF. Bland Tucker, 1895-1984 (Adapter and Alterer)2
Holy God, we praise Thy NameF. Bland Tucker (Author (stanzas 5-7))2
I to the hills will lift mine eyes, From whence doth come my aidF. Bland Tucker, 1895-1984 (Author (st. 4))1
Jesus, our mighty Lord, our strength in sadnessF. Bland Tucker (Paraphraser)2
Master of eager youthF. B. Tucker, 1895-1984 (Translator)5
May choirs of angels lead youF. Bland Tucker, 1895-1984 (Translator)2
Nós te louvamos, ó Senhor JesusFrancis Bland Tucker (Author)2
O all ye works of GodF. Bland Tucker, 1895-1984 (Author)3
O Christ, our Savior, who must reignFrancis Bland Tucker (Author)2
O gracious Light, Lord Jesus ChristF. Bland Tucker, 20th C. (Translator)6
O Lord Most High, eternal KingF. Bland Tucker, 1895-1984 (Translator (sts. 1-3))3
Our Father, by whose nameF. Bland Tucker (Author)32
Songs of thankfulness and praiseF. Bland Tucker, 1895-1984 (Author (st. 4))1
Spread, O spread, thou mighty wordF. Bland Tucker, 1895-1984 (Translator (st. 4))1
The great Creator of the worldsFrancis Bland Tucker (Author)9
The Lord my God my shepherd isF. Bland Tucker, 1895-1984 (Author)2
When Jesus died to save usF. Bland Tucker, 1895-1984 (Author (st. 1))4
When Jesus went to Jordan's streamF. Bland Tucker, 1895-1984 (Paraphraser)1
Ye who own the faith of JesusF. Bland Tucker (Author (stanza 4))5

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