Author: St. Bernard of Clairvaux
Bernard of Clairvaux, saint, abbot, and doctor, fills one of the most conspicuous positions in the history of the middle ages. His father, Tecelin, or Tesselin, a knight of great bravery, was the friend and vassal of the Duke of Burgundy. Bernard was born at his father's castle on the eminence of Les Fontaines, near Dijon, in Burgundy, in 1091. He was educated at Chatillon, where he was distinguished for his studious and meditative habits. The world, it would be thought, would have had overpowering attractions for a youth who, like Bernard, had all the advantages that high birth, great personal beauty, graceful manners, and irresistible influence could give, but, strengthened in the resolve by night visions of his mother (who had died in 1… Go to person page >
Translator: Matthew Russell
Russell, Matthew, s. of Arthur Russell of Killowen, Co. Down, was b. July 13, 1834, at Newry, Co. Down, Ireland. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1857, and is now (1906) at St. Francis Xavier's Church, Dublin. He has published many small volumes containing verse, most of which, being printed in Dublin, have not reached the British Museum; and has collected the sacred verse he thinks worth preserving in Vespers and Compline, 1900, and Altar Flowers, 1900. The best known of his hymns are:—
1. A message from the Sacred Heart. Sacred Heart of Jesus. In St. Patrick's Hymn Book, Dublin, 1890.
2. O Mary, dearest Mother. May.
No. 2 was first published in his Madonna, 1880, p. 23. See also Index of Authors and Translators.
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