Scriven, Joseph. Mr. Sankey, in his My Life and Sacred Songs, 1906, p. 279, says that Scriven was b. in Dublin in 1820, was a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and went to Canada when he was 25, and died there at Port Hope, on Lake Ontario, in 1886. His hymn:—
What a Friend we have in Jesus. [Jesus our Friend] was, according to Mr. Sankey, discovered to be his in the following manner: "A neighbour, sitting up with him in his illness, happened upon a manuscript of 'What a Friend we have in Jesus.' Reading it with great delight, and questioning Mr. Scriven about it, he said he had composed it for his mother, to comfort her in a time of special eorrow, not intending any one else should see it." We find the hymn in H. 1... Hastings's S… Go to person page >
Translator: Manfred Retzlaff
Manfred Retzlaff (who uses the name Manfredo Ratislavo in Esperanto) is a German, born November 4, 1938.
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Manfred Retzlaff translated "Ho Jesu', amiko mia" according to both the English original by Joseph M. Scriven (1857) and the German translation by Ernst Gebhardt (1832-1899). A message from Reinhard Pflueger on the KELI-Dia Regno email list states that Manfred Retzlaff also translated the fourth stanza, but I do not have that. (See http://www.geocities.ws/cigneto/thctxt/0/whatafrie0.html)
CONVERSE (also "Erie", named for the city in Pennsylvania where the composer lived for many years) was written in 1868 and published two years later in his Silver Wings under the pseudonym Karl Reden. The tune has also been called "Friendship."
Born in Warren, Massachusetts, on October 7, 1832, Char…