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 >
Opes decusque regium reliqueras. Urban VIII. [St. Elizabeth of Portugal.] This hymn is found in Maphaei S. R. E. Card. Barberini nunc Urbani VIII. Poemata, Rome, 1631, p. 121, entitled, "On St. Elisabeth Queen of Portugal." It was not included in the Roman Breviary, 1632, but was incorporated in later editions (e.g. Antwerp, 1697, p. 881), as the hymn at Second Vespers on her festival (July 8). Besides being in recent editions of the Roman Breviary, the text is also in Daniel, iv. p. 304. Translated as:—
1. Riches and regal throne, for Christ's dear sake. By E. Caswall, in his Lyra Catholica, 1849, p. 161, and his Hymns & Poems, 1873, p. 88. It is used in Roman Catholic hymn books for Missions and Schools.
2. Elizabeth, thy regal wealth and fame. By J. Wallace, in his Hymns of the Church. 1874. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]