1876–1952

De­cem­ber 11, 1876, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

March 21, 1952, Wash­ing­ton, DC.

Cen­ter Ce­me­te­ry, Heath, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Howard was the son of Fran­cis Le­ba­ron Rob­bins and Lu­cy Mor­ton Hart­pence, and hus­band of Ma­ry Lou­ise Bay­lis.

He was ed­u­cat­ed at Yale Un­i­ver­si­ty (BA 1899) and the Epis­co­pal The­o­lo­gi­cal Sem­in­a­ry (BD 1903).

Robbins was or­dained a dea­con in 1903, and priest in 1904. He served as Cu­rate of St. Pe­ter’s, Mor­ri­stown, New Jer­sey; Rec­tor of St. Paul’s, En­gle­wood, New Jer­sey (1905–11); Rec­tor of Church of the In­ca­rn­ation, New York Ci­ty (1911–17); and Dean of the Ca­thed­ral of St. John the Di­vine, New York Ci­ty (1917–29).

He then be­came Pro­fes­sor of Pas­tor­al The­ol­o­gy at Gen­er­al The­o­lo­gi­cal Sem­in­a­ry, and re­tired in 1941. He served on the Joint Com­mis­sion that re­vised The Hym­nal, and sev­er­al of his hymns ap­peared in The Hym­nal 1940.

  1. And Have the Bright Im­men­si­ties
  2. Easter Ca­rol for Child­ren
  3. Now Yield We Thanks and Praise
  4. Put Forth, O God, Thy Spir­it’s Might
  5. Sabbath Day Was By, The