Christopher Wordsworth--nephew of the great lake-poet, William Wordsworth--was born in 1807. He was educated at Winchester, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A., with high honours, in 1830; M.A. in 1833; D.D. in 1839. He was elected Fellow of his College in 1830, and public orator of the University in 1836; received Priest's Orders in 1835; head master of Harrow School in 1836; Canon of Westminster Abbey in 1844; Hulsean Lecturer at Cambridge in 1847-48; Vicar of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Berks, in 1850; Archdeacon of Westminster, in 1865; Bishop of Lincoln, in 1868. His writings are numerous, and some of them very valuable. Most of his works are in prose. His "Holy Year; or, Hymns for Sundays, Holidays, and other occ… Go to person page >
Father, we humbly pray. Bishop C. Wordsworth. [Rogation Tide.] First published in his Holy Year, 1st edition 1862, p. 96, in 20 stanzas of 4 lines. In the latest editions of the Holy Year the 20 stanzas are divided into four parts, as (1) "Father, we humbly pray"; (2) "With genial rains and dews"; (3) "Bless, Lord, Thy holy Church"; (4) "The widow desolate." In the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, No. 140, and Dr. Dale's English Hymn Book, 1874, No. 1232, the full text is given with the omission of stanza xii. Minor alterations are also introduced.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)