Richard Frederick Littledale (b. Dublin, 1883; d. London, 1890) entered Trinity College, Dublin, as a foundation scholar, graduated with a bachelors degree in classics, a Masters of Divinity in 1858, then a Bachelors and Doctorate in Civil Law at Oxford in 1862. From 1856 to 1857 he was the curate of St. Matthew in Thorpe Hamlet, Norfolk, and from 1857 to 1861 was the curate of St. Mary the Virgin, in Soho, London. For the remainder of his life he suffered from chronic illness and spent most of his time writing. He authored many books and pamphlets on Anglican liturgy, theology, and the church’s engagement with society, and completed his good friend John Mason Neale’s work on the psalms after Neale died in 1866.
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God the Father, God the Word. This Metrical Litany, in The English Hymnal, 1906, No. 653, is taken from Dr. Littledale's "Litany of the Blessed Sacrament,” in The People's Hymnal, 1867, No. 598. It is abbreviated; the petitions are rearranged, and the refrain is altered, but in all other respects it is the same Litany. [Rev.James Mearns, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)