Edward Caswall was born in 1814, at Yately, in Hampshire, where his father was a clergyman. In 1832, he went to Brasenose College, Oxford, and in 1836, took a second-class in classics. His humorous work, "The Art of Pluck," was published in 1835; it is still selling at Oxford, having passed through many editions. In 1838, he was ordained Deacon, and in 1839, Priest. He became perpetural Curate of Stratford-sub-Castle in 1840. In 1841, he resigned his incumbency and visited Ireland. In 1847, he joined the Church of Rome. In 1850, he was admitted into the Congregation of the Oratory at Birmingham, where he has since remained. He has published several works in prose and poetry.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >
Aeterna lux, Divinitas! [Holy Trinity.] An anonymous hymn for Trinity Sunday given in Daniel, 1843, ii. p. 369. It cannot be of an early date. Daniel does not indicate from whence he took his text. It is also in the Corolla Hymnorum, Cologne, 1806, p. 41, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines. [Rev. W. A. Shoults, B. D.]
Translations in common use:—
1. 0 Thou immortal Light divine. By E. Caswall, first published in his Masque of Mary, &c, 1858, p. 277, and his Hymns and Poems, 1873, p. 129. This text, in an abbreviated form, is given in a few Roman Catholic collections for Schools and Missions. It was also included, in an altered form, as, as "Light Eternal, God most High," in the Hymnary.
--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)