Let no tears today be shed

Author: Richard Frederick Littledale

Littledale, Richard Frederick, LL.D., D.C.L., son of John Richard Littledale, merchant, was born at Dublin on the 14th of Sept, 1833, and was educated at Bective House Seminary, and Trinity College, Dublin. His University course was distinguished. In 1852 he became a University Scholar; in 1854 he was first class in Classics and gold medallist; in 1856 he won the Berkeley gold medal (for Greek), and other honours. He graduated B.A., 1855, M.A., 1858, LL.D., 1862, and D.C.L. at Oxford, 1862. Taking Holy Orders in 1856, he was Curate of St. Matthew's, in Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich, from 1856 to 1857, and of St. Mary the Virgin, Soho, London, from 1857 to 1861. Through ill-health he retired from parochial work in 1861, and devoted himself to liter… Go to person page >

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Author: Richard Frederick Littledale


Funeri ne date planctum. [Burial.] A Sequence at a Child's Funeral, in Graduel de Paris, 1754, and the Paris Missal, 1764. Its authorship is unknown. Translated as:— 1. Let no tears to-day be shed. A terse and pathetic translation by R. F. Littledale. This appeared first in the Church Tunes, Nov. 10, 1865, again in W. C. Dix's Hymns & Carols, 1869, and in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, "For the Burial of a Child." In the Preface to the latter collection it is attributed to W. C. Dix in error. This is corrected in the Notes of the folio edition. 2. Weep not at our pomp funereal. By T. I. Ball, in the 1873 edition of the 1862 Appendix to the Hymnal Noted, No. 369. 3. Wail ye not, but requiems sing. By Jane E. Leeson, in her Hymns and Scenes of Childhood, 1842, pt. ii. p. 205, and the S. Margaret's Hymnal [East Grinstead], 1875. -- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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