Browning, Elizabeth, née Barrett, daughter of Mr. Barrett, an English country gentleman, and wife of Robert Browning, the poet, was born in London 1809, and died at Florence in 1861. As a poetess she stands at the head of English female writers, and her secular works are well known. Sacred pieces from her works are in common use in America. They include:
1. God, named Love, whose fount Thou art. Love.
2. How high Thou art! Our songs can own. Divine Perfection.
3. Of all the thought of God, that are. Death.
4. What would we give to our beloved? Pt. ii. of No. 3.
5. When Jesus' friend had ceased to be. Friendship. Based on the death of Lazarus.
These hymns are in Beecher's Plymouth Collection 1855; Hedge and Huntington's… Go to person page >
Composed by John B. Dykes (PHH 147), BEATITUDO was published in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1875), where it was set to Isaac Watts' "How Bright Those Glorious Spirits Shine." Originally a word coined by Cicero, BEATITUDO means "the condition of blessedness."
Like many of Dykes's…