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 >
Aspice, infami Deus ipse ligno. [Passiontide.] In the Appendix to the Roman Breviary, Bologna, 1827, it is the Hymn at Matins for the Feast of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, to be observed on the Tuesday after Sexagesima Sunday. It is now adopted for use in England on the Friday after Sexagesima Sunday; by the Benedictine Order on Tuesday. See Aspice ut Verbum Patris.
[Rev. W. A. Shoults, B.D. ]
Translations in common use:—
1. See, where in shame the God of glory hangs. By E. Caswall, first published in his Lyra Catholica, 1849, p. 65, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and again in his Hymns & Poems, 1873, p. 56. This is given, with alterations in the Hymnary, 1872, No. 239, the Catholic Hymnal, No. 38, &c.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)