Robert S. Bridges (b. Walmer, Kent, England, 1844; d. Boar's Hill, Abingdon, Berkshire, England, 1930) In a modern listing of important poets Bridges' name is often omitted, but in his generation he was considered a great poet and fine scholar. He studied medicine and practiced as a physician until 1881, when he moved to the village of Yattendon. He had already written some poetry, but after 1881 his literary career became a full-time occupation, and in 1913 he was awarded the position of poet laureate in England. Bridges published The Yattendon Hymnal (1899), a collection of one hundred hymns (forty-four written or translated by him with settings mainly from the Genevan psalter, arranged for unaccompanied singing. In addition to volumes… Go to person page >
The King, O God, his heart to Thee upraiseth. [National Thanksgiving.] A fine hymn in the Yattendon Hymnal, 1899, No. 74, with the note at p. 21: "Jubilee Hymn, 1897, by B. B. Adapted from Ps. xxi. in Robert Tailour's ‘Fifti Select Psalms,' set in five parts, 1615." The book of 1615 (Sacred Hymns, Consisting of Fifti, &c.; B. M. copy is K. 2. h. 14) has a version of Ps. xxi., but the Yattendon Hymnal does not borrow a single line from it, and does not even keep the metre. The text of 1899 is repeated in The English Hymnal, 1906, No. 564. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
GENEVAN 12 first appeared in the 1551 Genevan Psalter and has thus been attributed to Louis Bourgeois (PHH 3), music editor for the 1551 edition. It is also known as DONNE SECOURS, the first two words of the French text for Psalm 12. The tune is included in many English-language hymnals because of i…
Display Title: Our Nation, God, Its Heart to Thee UpraisethFirst Line: Our nation, God, its heart to Thee upraisethTune Title: DONNE SECOURSAuthor: Robert S. BridgesMeter: 184.108.40.206Source: Yattendon Hymnal, by Robert S. Bridges (Oxford, England: 1899), based on F. R. Tailour, 1615, alt.