Edward Caswall was born in 1814, at Yately, in Hampshire, where his father was a clergyman. In 1832, he went to Brasenose College, Oxford, and in 1836, took a second-class in classics. His humorous work, "The Art of Pluck," was published in 1835; it is still selling at Oxford, having passed through many editions. In 1838, he was ordained Deacon, and in 1839, Priest. He became perpetural Curate of Stratford-sub-Castle in 1840. In 1841, he resigned his incumbency and visited Ireland. In 1847, he joined the Church of Rome. In 1850, he was admitted into the Congregation of the Oratory at Birmingham, where he has since remained. He has published several works in prose and poetry.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >
Adversa mundi tolera. Thomas à Kempis. [Patience.] This hymn is in his Opera, Nürnberg, 1494, f. 1306, in 29 lines arranged as 11, and entitled "Canticum de virtute patientiae." The full text is in Wackernagel, i. No. 377, and, omitting 12 lines, in Daniel, ii. p. 379, where it is headed Carmen Thomas à Kempis de Patientiâ Christianâ. Also in Bässler, No. 119. and Königsfeld. ii. 254.
Translations in common use:—
1. For Christ's dear sake with courage bear. By E. Caswall, in his Masque of Mary, 1858, p. 358, and again in his Hymns and Poems, 1873, in 5 stanzas of 4 1ines with the heading "Hymn of Thomas à Kempis, on Christian Patience." In recent editions of the Appendix to the Hymnal Noted it is given unaltered as No. 305. It also appears as:—
2. In Christ's dear Name with courage bear, in the Roman Catholic Hymns for the Year, No. 69.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)