1814–1878
portrait
© National Portrait Gallery

Ju­ly 15, 1814, Yate­ley, Hamp­shire, Eng­land.

Jan­u­a­ry 2, 1878, Edg­bas­ton, War­wick­shire, Eng­land.

Rednal Ro­man Ca­tho­lic Cem­e­tery, War­wick­shire, Eng­land.

Edward was the son of Ro­bert Clarke Cas­wall (Per­pe­tu­al Cur­ate of Yate­ley, and lat­er Vi­car of West Lav­ing­ton, Wilt­shire). His mo­ther was a niece of Tho­mas Bur­gess, Bi­shop of St. Da­vid and later of Sal­is­bu­ry.

Caswall at­tended Chig­well Gram­mar School in Es­sex; Marl­bo­rough School; and Brase­nose Col­lege, Ox­ford (gra­du­at­ed with hon­ors, 1836).

Before leav­ing Ox­ford, he pub­lished, un­der the pseu­do­nym of Scrib­ler­us Red­i­vi­vus, The Art of Pluck, in im­i­ta­tion of Ar­is­to­tle, a sa­tire on the ways of the care­less col­lege stu­dent.

In 1838, Cas­wall was or­dained a deacon, and 1839 an Ang­li­can priest. In 1840 he be­came Per­pe­tu­al Cur­ate at Strat­ford-sub-Cas­tle near Sal­is­bu­ry.

By 1847, he had switched to Ro­man Ca­thol­i­cism and went to the Or­a­to­ry of St. Phil­ip Ne­ri at Edg­bas­ton, where he did most of his hymn work.

Cas­wall is best re­mem­bered as a trans­lat­or of an­cient hymns, though he also wrote orig­in­al lyrics. His works in­clude:

  1. Days and Mo­ments Quick­ly Fly­ing
  2. Gently Falls the Win­ter Snow
  3. Holy An­them, The
  4. If There Be Any Spe­cial Thing
  5. See Amid the Win­ter’s Snow
  6. Sleep, Ho­ly Babe
  1. Above the Star­ry Spheres
  2. All Ye Who Seek a Cer­tain Cure
  3. An Ex­ile for the Faith
  4. At the Cross, Her Sta­tion Keep­ing
  5. Bethlehem, of No­blest Ci­ties
  6. Come Hi­ther, Ye Faith­ful
  7. Come, O Cre­at­or Spir­it Blest
  8. Come, Thou Ho­ly Spir­it, Come
  9. Dawn Is Sprink­ling in the East, The
  10. From the Far-Blaz­ing Gate of Morn
  11. Glory Be to Je­sus
  12. Hark! A Thrill­ing Voice Is Sound­ing
  13. He Who Once in Right­eous Ven­geance
  14. Holy Spir­it, Lord of Light
  15. I Met the Good Shep­herd
  16. Jesu, Thy Mer­cies Are Un­told
  17. Jesus, Bright­ness of the Fa­ther
  18. Jesus, the Ve­ry Thought of Thee
  19. Let Al­ver­na’s Holy Moun­tain
  20. Life Which God’s In­car­nate Word, The
  21. My God, I Love Thee
  22. Now, My Tongue, the Mys­te­ry Tell­ing
  23. Now with the Ris­ing Gold­en Dawn
  24. O Hope of Ev­ery Con­trite Heart
  25. O Je­su, Thou the Beau­ty Art
  26. O Je­sus, King Most Won­der­ful
  27. O Sav­ing Vic­tim, Open Wide
  28. O Zi­on, Open Wide Thy Gates
  29. O’erwhelmed in Depths of Woe
  30. See! Where in Shame the God of Glo­ry Hangs
  31. Sing, My Tongue, the Sav­ior’s Glo­ry
  32. Son of the High­est, Deign to Cast
  33. Sun Is Sink­ing Fast, The
  34. To Christ, the Prince of Peace
  35. When Morn­ing Gilds the Skies