O thou, whose youthful years were spent

O thou, whose youthful years were spent

Author: William Watkins Reid
Tune: O JESU
Published in 3 hymnals

Author: William Watkins Reid

Reid, William Watkins, Sr. (Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland, October 15, 1890--February 18, 1983, Jenkins Township, Pennsylvania). Methodist. Parents were William Reid, a native of Moneymore, near Belfast, and Sarah Watkins of Londonderry. Came to the United States in 1900. Attended New York University (bachelor's degree, 1915; master's degree in journalism, 1917). Served The Hymn Society as President, Executive Director, and Editor of The Hymn from 1966 to 1976. Authored the Hymn Society's 40th anniversary history, Sing with Spirit and Understanding. Also edited The Pastor's Journal for the Methodist church and worked as its director of the News Service of the Board of Missions. Also: Caulfield, Benjamin. --From DNAH Archives… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O thou, whose youthful years were spent
Author: William Watkins Reid
Meter: 8.6.8.6.8.8
Publication Date: 1961
Copyright: Copyright 1961 by the Hymn Society of America

Tune

O JESU

O JESU first appeared in an organ collection, Sammlung alter und neuer Melodien evangelischen Lieder (1747), compiled by Johann B. Reimann for use with texts found in the Hirschberger evangelischen Gesangbuch (1741). Often attributed to Reimann, the tune was set to "O Jesu, warum legst du mir so vie…

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