Father, Thy Presence ever near. [Benediction.] This hymn was given in Longfellow and Johnson's Hymns of the Spirit, 1864, No. 135, in 3 stanzas of 4 lines, and signed in the Index "N. Hale." In The Pilgrim Hymnal, Boston, 1904, stanzas i., ii. are repeated with the same signature. A Nathan Hale, born Nov. 12, 1818, is known to us, but we are unable to identify him as the author of this hymn. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
Composed by John B. Dykes (PHH 147), BEATITUDO was published in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1875), where it was set to Isaac Watts' "How Bright Those Glorious Spirits Shine." Originally a word coined by Cicero, BEATITUDO means "the condition of blessedness."
Like many of Dykes's…