Raised in the Church of England, Frederick W. Faber (b. Calverly, Yorkshire, England, 1814; d. Kensington, London, England, 1863) came from a Huguenot and strict Calvinistic family background. He was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and ordained in the Church of England in 1839. Influenced by the teaching of John Henry Newman, Faber followed Newman into the Roman Catholic Church in 1845 and served under Newman's supervision in the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. Because he believed that Roman Catholics should sing hymns like those written by John Newton, Charles Wesley, and William Cowpe, Faber wrote 150 hymns himself. One of his best known, "Faith of Our Fathers," originally had these words in its third stanza: "Faith of Our Fathers! Mary'… Go to person page >
I worship thee, sweet will of God. F. W. Faber. [Will of God.] First published in his Jesus and Mary: or Catholic Hymns, &c, 1849, in 14 stanzas of 4 lines, entitled "The Will of God," and repeated in his Hymns, 1862. In its full form it is not usually found in common use; but broken up into centos it is found as:—
1. He always wins who sides with God. In the American Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit, Boston, 1864.
2. I worship Thee, sweet Will of God. In several collections in Great Britain and America.
3. I bow before Thy will, 0 God. In Dr. Dale's English Hymn Book 1874.
4. I bow me to Thy will, 0 God. In Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, and others.
5. I love to kiss each print where Thou. In the Church Praise Book, N.Y., 1882.
6. I worship Thee, 0 blessed God. In one or two minor collections.
Through these centos the hymn is widely known in Great Britain and America.
Composed by Alexander R. Reinagle (b. Brighton, Sussex, England, 1799; d. Kidlington, Oxfordshire, England, 1877), ST. PETER was published as a setting for Psalm 118 in Reinagle's Psalm Tunes for the Voice and Pianoforte (c. 1836). The tune first appeared with Newton's text in Hymns Ancient and Mode…