Rev Edward Caswall

Rev Edward Caswall

Birth
Yateley, Hart District, Hampshire, England
Death 2 Jan 1878 (aged 63)
Birmingham, Metropolitan Borough of Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Burial Rednal, Metropolitan Borough of Birmingham, West Midlands, England
Memorial ID 107393303 · View Source
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Edward Caswall, CO, was an Anglican clergyman and hymn writer who converted to Roman Catholicism. He was born at Yateley, Hampshire, July 15, 1814 son of Rev. R. C. Caswall, sometime Vicar of Yateley, Hampshire. He died at the Oratory, Edgbaston, near Birmingham, January 2, 1878 and was buried at Rednal, near Bromsgrove.

Caswall studied at Brasenose College, Oxford (B.A., 1836; M.A., 1838). He graduated in 1836 with honors. He was curate of Stratford-sub-Castle, near Salisbury, 1840–47. In 1850, his wife having died the previous year, he joined the Oratory of St. Philip Neri under Newman, to whose influence his conversion to Roman Catholicism was due.

He wrote original poems that have mainly survived only in Catholic hymnals due to a clear adherence to Catholic doctrine. Caswall is best known for his translations from the Roman Breviary and other Latin sources, which are marked by faithfulness to the original and purity of rhythm. They were published in Lyra Catholica, containing all the breviary and missal hymns (London, 1849); The Masque of Mary (1858); and A May Pageant (1865). Hymns and Prose (1873) are the three books combined with many of the hymns rewritten or revised.

Among the more popular of Caswall's translations are the hymns, "Jesu, the very thought of Thee," "O Jesu, King most wonderful," "When morning gilds the skies," and "The sun is sinking fast," all of which are variously modified from the originals given in "The Masque of Mary and other Poems."

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  • Created by: Steven Keller
  • Added: 27 Mar 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 107393303
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Edward Caswall (15 Jul 1814–2 Jan 1878), Find A Grave Memorial no. 107393303, citing Rednal Roman Catholic Cemetery, Rednal, Metropolitan Borough of Birmingham, West Midlands, England ; Maintained by Steven Keller (contributor 47478415) .