Isaac Williams was born in London, in 1802. His father was a barrister. The son studied at Trinity College, Oxford, where he gained the prize for Latin verse. He graduated B.A. 1826, M.A. 1831, and B.D. 1839. He was ordained Deacon in 1829, and Priest in 1831. His clerical appointments were Windrush (1829), S. Mary the Virgin's, Oxford (1832), and Bisley (1842-1845). He was Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, from 1832 to 1842. During the last twenty years of his life his health was so poor as to permit but occasional ministerial services. He died in 1865. He was the author of some prose writings, amongst which are Nos. 80, 86 and 87 of the "Oxford Tracts." His commentaries are favourably known. He also published quite a large num… Go to person page >
Non parta solo sanguine. Jean Baptiste de Santeüil. [Saints, not Martyrs.] Appeared in the Cluniac Breviary, 1686, p. lvii., and his Hymni Sacri et Novi, 1689, p. 214 (edition 1698, p. 252). In the Paris Breviany, 1736, it is given for the "Common of Just Persons." The text is also in J. Chandler's Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837; and Cardinal Newman's Hymni Ecclesiae, 1838 and 1865. Translated as:—
1. Not by the martyr's death alone. By I. Williams, in the British Magazine, Dec, 1833, p. 622, and again in his Hymns translated from the Parisian Breviary, 1839, p. 315, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. This text is rarely given in its original form in the hymnbooks. That in Hymns Ancient & Modern is very considerably altered by the compilers; and that in the Hymnary by the editors. Thring takes the Hymns Ancient & Modern text, and adds thereto emendations by himself. Others adopt a somewhat similar plan, so much so that it is almost always safe to say that any given text beginning "Not by the martyr's, &c." is based upon I. Williams.
--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: Not by the Martyr's Death AloneFirst Line: Not by the martyr's death aloneTune Title: WELLS (Monk)Author: Jean B. de Santeül; Isaac Williams & othersMeter: LMSource: Cluniac Breviary, 1686; translation in the British Magazine, 1833, and Hymns Translated from the Parisian Breviary, 1833) & the compilers of Hymns Ancient and Modern