Richard Frederick Littledale (b. Dublin, 1883; d. London, 1890) entered Trinity College, Dublin, as a foundation scholar, graduated with a bachelors degree in classics, a Masters of Divinity in 1858, then a Bachelors and Doctorate in Civil Law at Oxford in 1862. From 1856 to 1857 he was the curate of St. Matthew in Thorpe Hamlet, Norfolk, and from 1857 to 1861 was the curate of St. Mary the Virgin, in Soho, London. For the remainder of his life he suffered from chronic illness and spent most of his time writing. He authored many books and pamphlets on Anglican liturgy, theology, and the church’s engagement with society, and completed his good friend John Mason Neale’s work on the psalms after Neale died in 1866.
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Laudes Christo redempti voce modulemur supplici. St. Notker. [Easter.] This is found in an Einsiedeln manuscript of the 10th century, 121, p. 566. It is also in the Prüm Gradual, written c. 1000 (Bibl. Nat. Paris Lat. 9448), and the Echternach Gradual of the 11th century (B. N. No. 10510); in the St. Gall manuscripts, Nos. 376, 381, of the 11th century in a manuscript c. 1200, in the Bodleian (Liturg. Misc. 340 f. 140 6); in a Gradual of the 11th or 12th century, in the British Museum (Reg. 8 C xiii. f. 13), and others. The printed text is in the Magdeburg Missal, 1480, and other later German Missals; in Daniel, ii. p. 178, and Kehrein, No. 92. Translated as:— Praise to Christ with suppliant voices. By R. F. Littledale, in Lyra Messianica, 1864, p. 331; and again in the People's Hymnal, 1867, No. 116. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]