O for the happy days gone by

O for the happy days gone by

Author: Frederick W. Faber
Published in 8 hymnals

Author: Frederick W. Faber

Faber, Frederick William, D.D., son of Mr. T. H. Faber, was born at Calverley Vicarage, Yorkshire, June 28, 1814, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1836. He was for some time a Fellow of University College, in the same University. Taking Holy Orders in 1837, he became Rector of Elton, Huntingdonshire, in 1843, but in 1846 he seceded to the Church of Rome. After residing for some time at St. Wilfrid's, Staffordshire, he went to London in 1849, and established the London "Oratorians," or, "Priests of the Congregation of St. Philip Neri," in King William Street, Strand. In 1854 the Oratory was removed to Brompton. Dr. Faber died Sept. 26, 1863. Before his secession he published several prose works, some of which were… Go to person page >

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First Line: O for the happy days gone by
Author: Frederick W. Faber
Refrain First Line: Only sleeping, calmly sleeping

Notes

O for the happy days gone by. F. W. Faber. [Dryness in Prayer.] Appeared in his Jesus and Mary, &c, 1849, in 18 stanzas of 4 lines, and again in his Hymns, 1862. In the American Baptist Praise Book, N. Y., 1871, No. 937, beginning, "One thing alone, dear Lord, I dread," is a cento compiled from this hymn.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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