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December 13, 1823, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England.

August 10, 1897, Leenane, County Mayo, Ireland.

There is a marble memorial to How in the Cathedral of All Saints, Wakefield, where he was the first bishop. However, his grave is in Whittington, Shropshire, where he was Rector for 28 years.


Son of a solicitor, How attended Wadham College, Oxford. In 1846, he was ordained an Anglican minister. He served as Curate at Kidderminster, then at Shrewsbury. He then became Rector at Whittington, Shropshire, near the Welsh border. In 1879, he became suffragen Bishop of London. In 1889, he was appointed Bishop of Wakefield, West Yorkshire. He was known for his work with the poor and with industrial workers. He also found time to write over 50 hymns, most of them during his stay in Whittington. His works include:

  1. Behold a Little Child
  2. Behold the Master Passeth By
  3. City Paved with Gold, The
  4. For All the Saints
  5. God’s Free Mercy Streameth
  6. It Is a Thing Most Wonderful
  7. Jesus, Name of Wondrous Love
  8. Lord Jesus, When We Stand Afar
  9. Lord, This Day Thy Children Meet
  10. Lord, Thy Children Guide and Keep
  11. O Daughters Blest of Galilee
  12. O Heavenly Fount of Light and Love
  13. O Holy Lord, Content to Live
  14. O Jesu, Crucified for Man
  15. O Jesus, Thou Art Standing
  16. O Lord of Hosts, the Earth Is Thine
  17. O My Savior, Lifted
  18. O One with God the Father
  19. O Thou Through Suffering Perfect Made
  20. O Word of God Incarnate
  21. On Wings of Living Light
  22. Soldiers of the Cross, Arise!
  23. Summer Suns Are Glowing
  24. This Day at Thy Creating Word
  25. Thou Art the Christ, O Lord
  26. To Thee Our God We Fly
  27. We Give Thee but Thine Own
  28. When the Dark Waves Round Us Roll
  29. Who Is This So Weak and Helpless?
  30. With Weary Feet and Saddened Heart
  31. Year Is Swiftly Waning, The