1806-1876

June 16, 1806, Witley, Godalming, Surrey, England.

July 1, 1876, Putney, Wandsworth, Surrey, England.

Son of the Vicar of Witley, Chandler was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (BA 1827, MA 1830). He took Holy Orders in 1831, and became Vicar of Witley in 1837. He was one of the earliest and most successful translators of Latin hymns. His translations arose out of a desire to see the ancient prayers of the Anglican liturgy accompanied by hymns of a corresponding date of composition. In the preface to his Hymns of the Primitive Church, he said:

My attention was a short time ago directed to some translations [by Isaac Williams] which appeared from time to time in the British Magazine, very beautifully executed, of some hymns extracted from the Parisian Breviary, which originals annexed. Some indeed, of the Sapphic and Alcaic and other Horatian metres, seem to be of little value; but the rest, of the peculiar hymn-metre, Dimeter Iambics, appear ancient, simple, striking, and devotional—in a word in every way likely to answer our purpose. So I got a copy of the Parisian Breviary, and one or two other old books of Latin Hymns, especially one compiled by Georgius Cassander, printed at Cologne, in the year 1556, and regularly applied myself to the work of selection and translation. The result is the collection I now lay before the public.

Chandler’s works include:

  1. Above the Clear Blue Sky
  1. Advent of Our God, The
  2. All Hail, Adored Trinity
  3. As Now the Sun’s Declining Rays
  4. At Length Creation’s Days Are Past
  5. Christ Is Our Cornerstone
  6. Conquering Kings Their Titles Take
  7. Fish in Wave, the Bird on Wing, The
  8. Great God, Who, Hid from Mortal Sight
  9. In Stature Grows the Heavenly Child
  10. New Wonders of Thy Mighty Hand
  11. Now, My Soul, Thy Voice Upraising
  12. O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart’s Desire
  13. O Christ, Who Hast Prepared a Place
  14. O Happy Day, When First Was Poured
  15. O Holy Spirit, Lord of Grace
  16. O Jesus, Lord of Heavenly Grace
  17. O Lord, How Joyful ’Tis to See
  18. O Scorned and Outcast Lord
  19. On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
  20. Once More the Solemn Season Calls
  21. Redeemer, Now Thy Work Is Done
  22. Ruler of the Hosts of Light
  23. Sing We the Glory of Our God
  24. Thou Great Creator, Art Possessed
  25. ’Tis for Conquering Kings to Gain
  26. Today, O Lord, a Holier Work
  27. What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright?