1814–1863
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June 28, 1814, Cal­ver­ley vi­car­age, West York­shire, Eng­land.

Sep­tem­ber 26, 1863, Bromp­ton, Ken­sing­ton, Mid­dle­sex, Eng­land.

Or­a­to­ry House, Red­nal, Birm­ing­ham, Eng­land.

Son of an An­gli­can cler­gy­man, Fa­ber gra­du­at­ed from Bal­li­ol College, Ox­ford. He was or­dained an An­gli­can min­is­ter, and be­came rec­tor of El­ton in 1843. Three years lat­er, he switched to Ro­man Ca­thol­i­cism and found­ed the Bro­ther­hood of St. Phil­ip Ne­ri, in King Wil­liam Street, Strand. He lat­er moved to the Bromp­ton Or­a­to­ry.

Fa­ber published a num­ber of prose works, and three vol­umes of hymns. It was in Je­sus and Ma­ry that ma­ny of his best hymns first ap­peared. In its pre­face, he wrote:

It was na­tur­al that an Eng­lish son of St. Phil­ip should feel the want of a col­lec­tion of Eng­lish Cath­o­lic hymns fit­ted for sing­ing. The few in the Gar­den of the Soul were all that were at hand, and, of course, they were not nu­mer­ous enough to fur­nish the re­qui­site var­i­ety.

As to trans­la­tions they do not ex­press Sax­on thoughts and feel­ings, and con­se­quent­ly the poor do not seem to take to them. The do­mes­tic wants of the Or­a­to­ry, too, kept alive the feel­ing that some­thing of the sort was need­ed; though at the same time the au­thor’s i­gnor­ance of mu­sic ap­peared in some mea­sure to dis­qual­i­fy him for the work of sup­ply­ing the de­fect. Ele­ven, how­ev­er, of the hymns were wri­tten, most of them, for par­ti­cu­lar tunes and on par­ti­cu­lar oc­ca­sions, and be­came ve­ry po­pu­lar with a coun­try con­gre­g­ation.

They were af­ter­wards print­ed for the schools at St. Wil­frid’s, and the ve­ry nu­mer­ous ap­pli­ca­tions to the print­er for them seemed to show that, in spite of ve­ry glar­ing li­ter­a­ry de­fects, such as care­less gram­mar or sli­pshod me­tre, peo­ple were anx­ious to have Cath­o­lic hymns of any sort.

The MS. of the pre­sent vol­ume was sub­mit­ted to a mu­sic­al friend, who re­plied that cer­tain vers­es of all or near­ly all the hymns would do for sing­ing; and this en­cour­age­ment has led to the pub­li­ca­tion of this vol­ume.

  1. All Hail! Dear Con­queror! All Hail!
  2. Blood Is the Price of Hea­ven
  3. By the Arch­an­gel’s Word of Love
  4. Dear God of Or­phans, Hear Our Pray­er
  5. Dear Je­sus, Ev­er at My Side
  6. Dear Little One!
  7. Exceeding Sor­row­ful to Death
  8. Faith of Our Fa­thers
  9. Fountain of Love!
  10. From Pain to Pain, from Woe to Woe
  11. Hark! Hark, My Soul!
  12. Have Mer­cy on Us, God Most High
  13. Holy Ghost, Come Down up­on Thy Child­ren
  14. I Wish to Have No Wish­es Left
  15. I Wor­ship Thee, Sweet Will of God
  16. Jesu, Gent­lest Sav­ior
  17. Jesus Is God!
  18. Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All!
  19. My God! My God! And Can It Be
  20. My God, How Won­der­ful Thou Art
  21. No Track Is on the Sun­ny Sky
  22. Now Are the Days of Hum­blest Pray­er
  23. O Come and Mourn with Me
  24. O Come to the Mer­ci­ful Sav­ior
  25. O Faith! Thou Work­est Mir­a­cles
  26. O God, Thy Pow­er Is Won­der­ful
  27. O How the Thought of God At­tracts
  28. O Je­sus, Je­sus
  29. O Par­a­dise!
  30. O Soul of Je­sus, Sick to Death
  31. Oh! Come to the Mer­ci­ful Sav­ior
  32. Pilgrims of the Night, The
  33. Right Must Win, The
  34. Sleep, Sleep My Beau­ti­ful Babe
  35. Souls of Men! Why Will Ye Scat­ter?
  36. Sweet Sav­ior, Bless Us Ere We Go
  37. True Shep­herd, The
  38. Was There Ev­er Kind­est Shep­herd?
  39. Why Dost Thou Beat So Quick, My Heart?
  40. Why Is Thy Face So Lit with Smiles?