William W. How (b. Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, 1823; d. Leenane, County Mayo, Ireland, 1897) studied at Wadham College, Oxford, and Durham University and was ordained in the Church of England in 1847. He served various congregations and became Suffragan Bishop in east London in 1879 and Bishop of Wakefield in 1888. Called both the "poor man's bishop" and "the children's bishop," How was known for his work among the destitute in the London slums and among the factory workers in west Yorkshire. He wrote a number of theological works about controversies surrounding the Oxford Movement and attempted to reconcile biblical creation with the theory of evolution. He was joint editor of Psalms and Hymns (1854) and Church Hymns (1871). While rec… Go to person page >
The city paved with Gold. Bishop W. W. How. [The New Jerusalem.] "Written for Church Hymns, 1871. Designed specially as a counteractive to the merely materialist and futurist tone of many of the ordinary 'Jerusalem' hymns.” This is attempted to be accomplished by giving a spiritual meaning to the “gold "and "gates of pearl," &c, of the New Jerusalem, as for instance:—
"The gates of pearl are there
In penitential tears,
Bright as a jewel rare
Each saintly grace appears:
We track the path saints trod of old,
And lo! the pavement is of gold!"
is said of the "true kingdom" within the man. Although well conceived, and executed in good style, it has failed to gain attention, and is very limited in its use.
Composed by John Darwall (b. Haughton, Staffordshire, England, 1731; d. Walsall, Staffordshire, England, 1789), DARWALL'S 148TH was first published as a setting for Psalm 148 in Aaron William's New Universal Psalmodist (1770) with only soprano and bass parts. The harmonization dates from the ninete…