In the spring of 1863, Folliott S. Pierpoint (b. Bath, Somerset, England, 1835; d. Newport, Monmouthshire, England, 1917) sat on a hilltop outside his native city of Bath, England, admiring the country view and the winding Avon River. Inspired by the view to think about God's gifts in creation and in the church, Pierpont wrote this text. Pierpont was educated at Queen's College, Cambridge, England, and periodically taught classics at Somersetshire College. But because he had received an inheritance, he did not need a regular teaching position and could afford the leisure of personal study and writing. His three volumes of poetry were collected in 1878; he contributed hymns to The Hymnal Noted (1852) and Lyra Eucharistica (1864). "For the Be… Go to person page >
Translator: Clotilde F. Náñez , 1908-
Clotilde Falcón de Náñez, a seventh generation Tejano, was born in Rio Grande City, Texas in 1908. She studied at Westmoreland College in San Antonio and graduated cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin (B.A., 1932) where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Clotilde Náñez later attended SMU, receiving a Master of Arts degree in Ibero-American civilization in 1970. Her work as an educator included teaching in public schools and serving fourteen years as Head of the Spanish department at Saint Mary’s Hall, a private, college preparatory school in San Antonio. She also taught at Trinity University, San Antonio, in the SMU School of Continuing Education, Dallas, and at Pan American University, Edinburgh, Texas.
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An early form of the tune DIX was composed by Conrad Kocher (b. Ditzingen, Wurttemberg, Germany, 1786; d. Stuttgart, Germany, 1872). Trained as a teacher, Kocher moved to St. Petersburg, Russia, to work as a tutor at the age of seventeen. But his love for the music of Haydn and Mozart impelled him t…