1806–1876

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

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

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© National Portrait Gallery

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, Ador­èd 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. His Tri­al O’er
  10. In Sta­ture Grows the Hea­ven­ly Child
  11. New Won­ders of Thy Migh­ty Hand
  12. Now, My Soul, Thy Voice Up­rais­ing
  13. O Christ, Our Hope, Our Heart’s De­sire
  14. O Christ, Who Hast Pre­pared a Place
  15. O Hap­py Day, When First Was Poured
  16. O Holy Spir­it, Lord of Grace
  17. O Je­sus, Lord of Hea­ven­ly Grace
  18. O Lord, How Joy­ful ’Tis to See
  19. O Scorned and Out­cast Lord
  20. On Jor­dan’s Bank the Bap­tist’s Cry
  21. Once More the Sol­emn Sea­son Calls
  22. Redeemer, Now Thy Work Is Done
  23. Ruler of the Hosts of Light
  24. Sing We the Glo­ry of Our God
  25. Thou Great Cre­at­or, Art Pos­sessed
  26. ’Tis for Con­quer­ing Kings to Gain
  27. Today, O Lord, a Ho­li­er Work
  28. What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright?

Chandler’s bu­ri­al place