Joseph of the Studium [Joseph of Thessalonica]. This person not the same person wrongly named by Dr. Neale in his Hymns of the Eastern Church as Joseph of the Studium, author of the great Canon for the Ascension. That Joseph is St. Joseph the Hymnographer. Joseph of Thessalonica, younger brother of St. Theodore of the Studium, q.v., was some time Bishop of Thessalonica, and died in prison, after great suffering inflicted by command of Theophilus. He was probably the author of the Triodia in the Triodion, and certainly of five Canons in the Pentecostarion to which his name is prefixed. His pieces have not been translated into English. [Rev. H. Leigh Bennett, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907) Go to person page >
Translator: J. M. Neale
John M. Neale's life is a study in contrasts: born into an evangelical home, he had sympathies toward Rome; in perpetual ill health, he was incredibly productive; of scholarly temperament, he devoted much time to improving social conditions in his area; often ignored or despised by his contemporaries, he is lauded today for his contributions to the church and hymnody. Neale's gifts came to expression early–he won the Seatonian prize for religious poetry eleven times while a student at Trinity College, Cambridge, England. He was ordained in the Church of England in 1842, but ill health and his strong support of the Oxford Movement kept him from ordinary parish ministry. So Neale spent the years between 1846 and 1866 as a warden of Sackvi… Go to person page >
Safe home, safe home in port. St. Joseph the Hymnographer. [Rest in Jesus.] This hymn was given in Dr. Neale's Hymns of the Eastern Church, 1862, in 6 stanzas of 6 lines, as "The Return Home. A cento from the Canon of S. John Climacos." In the Preface to the 1866 ed. of the Hymns of the Eastern Church, he said, concerning it, "Art thou weary," and "O happy band of pilgrims” that they contained so little that is from the Greek that they ought not to have been included in that collection, and that in any future edition they would appear as an "Appendix." Dr. Neale did not live to carry out his intention: but the Very Rev. S. G. Hatherly has done so in the fourth edition of that work. The most that can be said of the hymn, then, is that it is by J. M. Neale, based on the Greek of St. Joseph the Hymnographer. In St. Joseph's known works no Greek lines can be found which correspond with those in the English hymn. Dr. Neale's text is found in a large number of hymnals in Great Britain and America.
Display Title: Safe Home, Safe Home in Port!First Line: Safe home, safe home in portTune Title: AXBRIDGEAuthor: John M. NealeMeter: 66.66.88Source: Hymns of the Eastern Church, 1862, based on the Greek of Joseph the Hymnographer