1688-1744
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May 21, 1688, Plough Court, Lombard Street, London, England.

May 30, 1744, Twickenham, London, England.

In the nave of St. Mary the Virgin Catholic church, Twickenham, London, England.

Pope was the son of a wholesale linen merchant in Lombard Street, London. His father, being a Roman Catholic, first placed him under the charge of Father Taverner, who taught him the rudiments of Greek and Latin. Later he attended a school at Winchester, and then at Hyde Park Corner. Around age 12, he moved with his parents to Binfield, in Windsor Forest, and from then on, his education was largely in his own hands. His subsequent success as a writer and poet is a matter of history, and has been dealt with in detail by Dr. Johnson, in his Lives of the Poets, and others. Pope did not write verses to be used as hymns, since he was Catholic, and his church would not have used English language material in worship.

  1. Universal Prayer
    • Father of All, in Every Age
    • Father of All, Thou God of Love
    • Not to This Earth’s Contracted Span
    • Teach Me to Feel Another’s Woe
    • Thou Great First Cause, Least Understood
    • When I Am Right Thy Grace Impart
  2. Vital Spark of Heavenly Flame
  3. Ye Nymphs of Solyma! Begin the Song
    • As the Good Shepherd Tends His Fleecy Care
    • From Jesse’s Root, Behold a Branch Arise
    • Hark! A Glad Voice the Lonely Desert Cheers
    • Rise, Crowned with Light
    • Savior Comes! By Ancient Seers Foretold, The