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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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)