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 >
O Paradise, O Paradise. F. W. Faber. [Heaven.] First published in his Hymns, 1862, in 7 stanzas of 8 lines, and entitled "Paradise." In 1868 it was included in the Appendix to Hymns Ancient & Modern, with the omission of stanzas iii. and vii., and the addition of the stanza “Lord Jesus, King of Paradise," by the compilers. For some time after the hymn was included in Hymns Ancient & Modern it was very popular, Dr. Dykes's tune therein being the chief cause of its success. Latterly, however, its unreality, and, in its original form, its longing for sudden death, has caused it to be omitted from several of the best collections. The rewritten version, in three stanzas, in Morrell & How's enlarged edition of their Psalms & Hymns, 1864-67, No. 165, is a failure.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: O Paradise!First Line: O paradise! O paradiseTune Title: PARADISE (Dykes)Author: Frederick W. FaberMeter: 18.104.22.168Source: Hymns, 1862; last stanza by the compilers of Hymns Ancient and Modern