July 18, 1865, Bromsgrove, Hereford, England.

February 20, 1959, Glastonbury, Somerset, England.

St. Mary’s, Bathwick, England.


Housman studied art at the Lambeth School of Art and the Royal College of Art. He had great success as an illustrator, but when his eyesight began to fail, he turned to writing books and plays. He wrote 80 books during his lifetime. He often seemed to fall afoul of the censors, though, for religious and political reasons. A committed socialist and pacifist, in 1907, he helped found the Men’s League for Women’s Suffrage. He was also an honorary associate of the Women Writers’ Suffrage League. His works include:

  1. Fair Is Their Fame Who Stand
  2. Father Eternal, Ruler of Creation
  3. Lord God of Hosts, Within Whose Hand
  4. Maker of the Sun and Moon, The
  5. Saint Who First Found Grace to Pen, The
  6. When Christ Was Born in Bethlehem
  1. O Christ, Our Joy, to Whom Is Given
  2. He, Whose Confession God of Old Accepted
  3. Mary, Weep Not, Weep No Longer
  4. Now in Holy Celebration
  5. O Light of Light, by Love Inclined
  6. Portal of the World’s Salvation
  7. Son of a Virgin, Maker of Thy Mother