Little is known of Abbé Besnault save that he was a priest of St. Maurice at Sens and one of the contributors to the Cluniac Breviary of 1686. He died April 29, 1724. Some of his hymns are also included in the Sens Breviary of 1726, and two hymns, for the Feast of the Circumcision, in the Paris Breviary, 1736.
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Translator: John Chandler
John Chandler, one of the most successful translators of hymns, was born at Witley in Surrey, June 16, 1806. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, B.A. 1827, M.A. 1830. Ordained deacon in 1831 and priest in 1832, he succeeded his father as the patron and vicar of Whitley, in 1837. His first volume, entitled The Hymns of the Primitive Church, now first Collected, Translated and Arranged, 1837, contained 100 hymns, for the most part ancient, with a few additions from the Paris Breviary of 1736. Four years later, he republished this volume under the title of hymns of the Church, mostly primitive, collected, translated and arranged for public use, 1841. Other publications include a Life of William of Wykeham, 1842, and Horae s… Go to person page >
Display Title: O Blessed Day When First Was PouredFirst Line: O blessed day when first was pouredTune Title: ANGELUSAuthor: S. Besnault, c. 1724; J. Chandler, 1806-76Meter: L MDate: 1996Subject: Circumcision and Name of Jesus |
Display Title: O Happy Day, When First Was PouredFirst Line: O happy day, when first was pouredTune Title: DAS WALT' GOTT VATERAuthor: John Chandler; Sebastien BesnaultMeter: LMSource: Paris Breviary, 1736; Tr.: Hymns of the Primitive Church, 1837