October 28, 1820, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

August 14, 1891, Hudson, New York.

Rock Point Cemetery, Burlington, Vermont.


Son of John H. Hopkins, sometime Bishop of Vermont, Hopkins graduated from the University of Vermont (AB 1839, MA 1845). In New York City, he worked as a reporter, intending to prepare for a law career. Instead, he entered the General Theological Seminary, where he graduated in 1850. He then became the seminary’s first music teacher (1855–57), and editor of the Church Journal (1853–68). Hopkins also served as a deacon (1850) and priest (1872), and as Rector of Trinity Church, Plattsburgh, New York, and Christ Church in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. His works include:

  1. Alleluia! Christ Is Risen Today!
  2. Be Light and Glad, in God Rejoice
  3. Blow On, Thou Mighty Wind
  4. Christ Our King to Heaven Ascendeth
  5. Christmas Comes Again
  6. Come with Us, O Blessèd Jesus
  7. Early Ere the Dawn of the Morning
  8. Evergreen, Holly and Laurel
  9. Forth from Egypt’s House of Bondage
  10. Gather Around the Christmas Tree
  11. Glory to God the Father Be
  12. God Hath Made the Moon
  13. God of Our Fathers, Bless This Our Land
  14. I Said, I Will Look to My Ways
  15. Jesu, Fount of Pleasure
  16. Lord, Now Round Thy Church Behold
  17. Mercy, Good Lord, Mercy I Ask
  18. O, Come to the Savior, for Why Will You Die?
  19. O Tell Us, Ye That from Your Home
  20. O Turn Ye, for Why Will Ye Die?
  21. Our Lord Is Risen Today
  22. Praise to the Father, the Glorious King of Creation
  23. Roman Soldier, Tell Us True
  24. Sadly in the Gathering Gloom
  25. Shepherds of Bethlehem, The
  26. Slumberers, Wake, the Bridegroom Cometh
  27. Thy Praise Alone, O Lord, Doth Reign
  28. We Three Kings
  29. When from the East the Wise Men Came
  30. Ye Righteous, in the Lord Rejoice
  1. Twilight