James W. Alexander

James W. Alexander
From Cyberhymnal
Short Name: James W. Alexander
Full Name: Alexander, James W. (James Waddell), 1804-1859
Birth Year: 1804
Death Year: 1859

James W. Alexander (b. Hopewell, Louisa County, VA, 1804; d. Sweetsprings, VA, 1859) was often overshadowed by his father, the renowned Archibald Alexander, first professor at Princeton Theological Seminary. But James Alexander was also a fine preacher, teacher, and writer. He studied at New Jersey College (now Princeton University) and Princeton Seminary. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church, he alternated his career between teaching and pastoring; for two years (1849-1851) he was professor of ecclesiastical history and church government at Princeton Seminary. Alexander translated a number of hymns from Greek, Latin, and German but is mainly known today for his translation of "O Sacred Head."

Bert Polman
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Alexander, James Waddell, D.D., son of Archibald Alexander, D.D., b. at Hopewell, Louisa, county of Virginia, 13 Mar., 1804, graduated at Princeton, 1820, and was successively Professor of Rhetoric at Princeton, 1833; Pastor of Duane Street Presbyterian Church, New York, 1844; Professor of Church History, Princeton, 1849; and Pastor of 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York, 1851; d. at Sweetsprings, Virginia, July 31, 1859. His works include Gift to the Afflicted, Thoughts on Family Worship, and others. His Letters were published by the Rev. Dr. Hall, in 2 vols., some time after his death, and his translations were collected and published at New York in 1861, under the title, The Breaking Crucible and other Translations. Of these translations the following are in use:
O Sacred Head, now wounded” a translation of "Salve Caput," through the German; "Near the cross was Mary weeping," a translation of "Stabat Mater"; and "Jesus, how sweet Thy memory is," a translation of "dulcis memoria." The annotations of these translations are given under their respective Latin first lines.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Texts by James W. Alexander (22)AsAuthority LanguagesInstancessort descending
Ho Sankta Kap', kronitaJames Waddell Alexander (Translator (into English))1
إكليله مضفورJames W. Alexander (Author)Arabic1
O head, so full of bruises, So full of pain and scornJames W. Alexander, 1804-1859 (alt.) (Translator)English1
O sacred Head, now wounded, With grief and shame weighed down (Lutheran Hymnal 1941)James W. Alexander (Translator (English))English1
Come children, thank the LordJames W. Alexander (Author)2
Jesus' holy cross and dyingJames Waddell Alexander (Author)English2
നിന്ദ ദുഖം നിറഞ്ഞു മുറിഞ്ഞ ശിരസ്സേ! (Ninda dukhaṁ niṟaññu muṟiñña śiras'sē!)James W. Alexander (Translator (English))Malayalam2
Now the crucible is breakingJames W. Alexander (Translator)2
What language shall I borrowJ. W. Alexander (Translator)2
When no eye its pity gave usJames Waddell Alexander (Author)English2
O Enw ardderchocafRev. J. W. Alexander (Translator)Welsh3
When I see the hanging, bleedingJames W. Alexander (Author)English3
Lord, how shall I be meetingJames Waddell Alexander (Author)English4
Jesus, how sweet thy memory isRev. James Waddell Alexander, 1804-1859 (Author)English5
There is a time, we know not whenAlexander (Author)English5
I leave thee not, thou art my Jesus everJames Waddell Alexander (Author)English6
Near the cross our station takingJames W. Alexander (Translator)English6
¡Oh rostro ensangrentado, Imagen del dolorJames W. Alexander (Translator (English))Spanish6
O sacred head sore wounded, Defiled and put to scornJames Waddell Alexander, 1804-1859 (Translator)English6
O sacred head surrounded By crown of piercing thornJames W. Alexander, 1804-1859 (Translator (vs. 3))English6
Near the cross was Mary weepingJ. W. Alexander (Translator)English46
O sacred head, now wounded, With grief and shame weighed downJames Waddell Alexander (Author)English397

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