William W. How (b. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, 1823; d. Leenane, County Mayo, Ireland, 1897) studied at Wadham College, Oxford, and Durham University and was ordained in the Church of England in 1847. He served various congregations and became Suffragan Bishop in east London in 1879 and Bishop of Wakefield in 1888. Called both the "poor man's bishop" and "the children's bishop," How was known for his work among the destitute in the London slums and among the factory workers in west Yorkshire. He wrote a number of theological works about controversies surrounding the Oxford Movement and attempted to reconcile biblical creation with the theory of evolution. He was joint editor of Psalms and Hymns (1854) and Church Hymns (1871). While rec… Go to person page >
Lord, Thy children guide and keep. Bishop W. W. How. [The Narrow Way.] First published in Morrell & How's Psalms & Hymns, 1854, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines, and based on the words "Narrow is the way that leadeth unto life." It has become very popular with hymnal compilers, and, in full or in an abridged form, it is found in numerous collections in Great Britain and America. Original text in the S. P. C. K. Church Hymns, 1871.