John M. Neale's life is a study in contrasts: born into an evangelical home, he had sympathies toward Rome; in perpetual ill health, he was incredibly productive; of scholarly temperament, he devoted much time to improving social conditions in his area; often ignored or despised by his contemporaries, he is lauded today for his contributions to the church and hymnody. Neale's gifts came to expression early–he won the Seatonian prize for religious poetry eleven times while a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, England. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1842, but ill health and his strong support of the Oxford Movement kept him from ordinary parish ministry. So Neale spent the years between 1846 and 1866 as a warden of Sackvi… Go to person page >
O Lord our God, with earnest care. [Fast Day.] This cento, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines in A Selection of Hymns Designed as a Supplement to the Psalms & Hymns of the Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, 1861, No. 356, and the Songs for the Sanctuary, N. Y., 1865, No. 1333, is from translations of Latin hymns published in the Hymnal Noted; stanza i. being stanza iii. of "Ecce tempus idoneum;" stanzas ii., iii. being stanzas iii., iv. of "Jesu quadra-genariae;" stanza iv. being stanza iv. of "Audi benigne Conditor;" and stanza v. of "Plasmator hominis Deus." Of these translations stanzas i.-iv. are by Dr. Neale, and stanza v. by another hand. The result is a most successful hymn for a Fast Day service, or for Lent.