Samuel Longfellow

Samuel Longfellow
Short Name: Samuel Longfellow
Full Name: Longfellow, Samuel, 1819-1892
Birth Year: 1819
Death Year: 1892

Longfellow, Samuel, B. A., brother of the Poet, was born at Portland, Maine, June 18, 1819, and educated at Harvard, where he graduated in Arts in 1839, and in Theology in 1846. On receiving ordination as an Unitarian Minister, he became Pastor at Fall River, Massachusetts, 1848; at Brooklyn, 1853; and at Germantown, Pennsylvania, 1860. In 1846 he edited, with the Rev. S. Johnson (q. v.), A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. This collection was enlarged and revised in 1848. In 1859 his Vespers was published, and in 1864 the Unitarian Hymns of the Spirit , under the joint editorship of the Rev. S. Johnson and himself. His Life of his brother, the Poet Longfellow, was published in 1886. To the works named he contributed the following hymns:—
i. To A Book of Hymns , revised ed., 1848.
1. Beneath the shadow of the Cross. Love.
2. 0 God, thy children gathered here. Ordination.
ii. To the Vespers 1859.
3. Again as evening's shadow falls. Evening.
4. Now on land and sea descending. Evening.
iii. To the Hymns of the Spirit, 1864.
5. A voice by Jordan's shore. Advent.
6. Father, give Thy benediction. Ordination.
7. Go forth to life, 0 child of earth. Life's Mission.
8. God of ages and of nations. Holy Scriptures.
9. Holy Spirit, Truth divine. The Holy Spirit desired.
10. I look to Thee in every need. Trust in God.
11. In the beginning was the Word. The Word.
12. Love for all, and can it be? Lent. The Prodigal Son.
13. 0 God, in Whom we live and move. God's Law and Love.
14. 0 God, Thou Giver of all good. Prayer for Food.
15. O still in accents sweet and strong. Missions.
16. 0 Thou, Whose liberal sun and rain. Anniversary of Church dedication.
17. One holy Church of God appears. The Church Universal.
18. Out of the dark, the circling sphere. The Outlook.
19. Peace, peace on earth! the heart of man for ever. Peace on Earth.
20. The loving Friend to all who bowed. Jesus of Nazareth.
21. ’Tis winter now, the fallen snow. Winter.
Of these, hymn No. 2 was written for the Ordination of E. E. Hale (q. v.), at Worcester, 1846. Several are included in Martineau's Hymns, 1873.
Died Oct. 3, 1892. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907), p. 685


Longfellow, S., p. 685, i. Since Mr. Longfellow's death on Oct. 3, 1892, his hymns have been collected by his niece, Miss Alice Longfellow, as Hymns and Verses(Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1904.) From this work we find many of the hymns signed Anon, in the Index to Longfellow and Johnson's Hymns of the Spirit, 1864, were his; several of these, including E. Osier's "O God unseen, yet ever near," were popular English hymns which he rewrote from his own theological standpoint. These re¬written hymns are very widely used by Unitarians and others. During the last ten years the following additional hymns by S. Long¬fellow have come into common use:—
1. Eternal One, Thou living God. Faith in God.
2. God of the earth, the sky, the sea. God in Nature.
3. God's trumpet wakes the slumbering world. Call to duty.
4. Light of ages and of nations. God in and through all time.
5. Lo, the earth is risen again. Spring. (1876.)
6. Now while we sing our closing psalm. Close of Worship.
7. O Life that maketh all things new. Unity. (1874.)
8. O Thou in Whom we live and move. The Divine Law.
9. The summer days are come again. Summer. From his hymn,"The sweet[bright] June days are come again."
10. Thou Lord of lite, our saving health. In Sickness. (1886.)
Of these hymns Nos. 2, 3 appeared in the Hymns of the Spirit, 1864, and all with the dates appended in Hymns and Verses, 1904.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)


Wikipedia Biography

Samuel Longfellow (1819–1892) was an American clergyman and hymn writer.

Texts by Samuel Longfellow (79)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
A voice by Jordan's shoreSamuel Longfellow (Author)English21
Again, as evening's shadow fallsSamuel Longfellow (Author)English150
As darker, darker, fall aroundSamuel Longfellow (Author)English10
Beneath the shadow of the crossSamuel Longfellow (Author)English70
Bless Thou the gifts our hands have broughtSamuel Longfellow (Author)English42
Come sing with holy gladnessSamuel Longfellow (Translator)English1
Depth of mercy! can there be, Mercy still reserved for me (Wesley)Samuel Longfellow (Author (B))English1
Dost Thou, the High and Heavenly OneS. Longfellow (Author)English1
E ka Uhane, mai ke aoRev. Samuel Longfellow (Author)Hawaiian3
Eternal One, thou living GodSamuel Longfellow (Author)English22
Father, give Thy benedictionSamuel Longfellow (Author)English26
Father, hear the prayer we offer! Not for ease that prayer shall beSamuel Longfellow (Arranger)English2
Flung to the heedless windsSamuel Longfellow (Author)English3
Go forth to life, O child of earthSamuel Longfellow (Author)English48
God of ages and of nationsRev. Samuel Longfellow, 1819- (Author)English9
God of the earth, the sky, the seaSamuel Longfellow (Author)English103
God of truth, Thy sons should beSamuel Longfellow (Author)English8
God's trumpet wakes the slumbering worldSamuel Longfellow, 1819-1892 (Author)English91
He who himself and God would knowSamuel Longfellow (Author)English5
He who, in fealty to the truthSamuel Longfellow (Author)English2
Hear us, heavenly Father, hear us, give to usSamuel Longfellow (Author)2
Holy Ghost, with light divineSamuel Longfellow (Author)English3
Holy Spirit, Truth divine, Dawn upon this soul of mineLongfellow (Author)English257
Holy Spirit, Source of gladness! Come with all thy radiance brightSamuel Longfellow (Author)English15
I look to Thee in every needSamuel Longfellow (Author)English94
In the beginning was the word; Athwart the chaos nightSamuel Longfellow (Author)English5
Life of all that lives below!Samuel Longfellow (Author)English2
Light of ages and of nationsSamuel Longfellow, 1819-1892 (Author)English16
Lo the earth is risen againSamuel Longfellow (Author)English33
Love for all and can it beS. Longfellow (Author)English85
New year, new life, new loveSamuel Longfellow (Author)English2
Now on land and sea descendingSamuel Longfellow, 1819-1892 (Author)English109
Now one last song, and then we partSamuel Longfellow (Author)4
Now while we sing our closing psalmSamuel Longfellow (1819-1892) (Author)English10
Now with creation's morning songSamuel Longfellow (Adapter)English8
O church of freedom and of faithSamuel Longfellow (Author)English2
O gladsome Light, O grace of the Father immortalSamuel Longfellow (Author)1
O God, in whom we live and move, Thy Love is Law, Thy Law is LoveSamuel Longfellow (Author)English33
O God, Thou Giver of all goodSamuel Longfellow (Author)English15
O God, Thy children gathered hereSamuel Longfellow (Author)English10
O God, unseen, but ever near, Our blessed rest art ThouSamuel Longfellow (Author)English13
O God, unseen yet ever near, Thy presence may we feelSamuel Longfellow (Author)English2
O holy, holy, holy Art thou, our God and LordSamuel Longfellow (Author)English2
O life that maketh all things newSamuel Longfellow (Author)English71
O Lord of seasons, unto TheeSamuel Longfellow (Author)English5
O, may our spirits learn to reachSamuel Longfellow (Author)English2
O still in accents sweet and strongSamuel Longfellow (Author)English113
O Thou in whom we live and move, Whose love in law, whose law is loveSamuel Longfellow (Author)English4
O thou whose liberal sun and rainSamuel Longfellow (Author)English7
One holy church of God appearsSamuel Longfellow (Author)English75
Out of every clime and peopleSamuel Longfellow (Author)English5
Out of the dark, the circling sphereSamuel Longfellow (Author)English18
Padre amante al separarnosSamuel Longfellow (Author)Spanish2
Peace be to this congregationSamuel Longfellow (Author)English1
Peace, peace on earth, the heart of man foreverSamuel Longfellow (Author)English5
Resucita el mundo yaSamuel Longfellow (Author)Spanish2
Santo Espíritu, dulce luzSamuel Longfellow (Author)Spanish2
聖潔神靈, 真無限 (Shèngjié shénlíng, zhēn wúxiàn)Samuel Longfellow (Author)Chinese3
Sing forth His high eternal nameSamuel Longfellow (Author)English18
Sing we now our hymns of gladnessSamuel Longfellow, 1819-1892 (Author)English5
Sobre tierra y mar desciendeSamuel Longfellow (Author)Spanish2
Soft as fades the sunset splendorSamuel Longfellow (Author)English5
Spirit divine, attend our prayersSamuel Longfellow (Adapter)English27
The golden sea its mirror spreadsSamuel Longfellow (Author)English2
The loving Friend to all who bowedSamuel Longfellow (Author)English19
The summer days are come againSamuel Longfellow (Author)English70
This day in answer to God's callSamuel Longfellow, 1819-1892 (Author)English2
Thou Lord of life, our saving HealthSamuel Longfellow (Author)English45
Thou, who, immutable and oneSamuel Longfellow (Author)English2
'Tis winter now, the fallen snowSamuel Longfellow (1819-1892) (Author)English59
To love and seek returnSamuel Longfellow (Author)English2
We feel thy calm at evening's hourSamuel Longfellow (Author)3
We wait in faith, in prayer we waitSamuel Longfellow (Author)English2
When my love to God [Christ] grows weakS. Longfellow (Author)English5
Where prophet's word and martyr's bloodSamuel Longfellow (Author)2
With joy we claim the growing lightSamuel Longfellow (Author)English3
With wider views comes loftier goalS. Longfellow (Author)English4
Within my breast there is no lightSamuel Longfellow (Author)English2
Wondrous truths, and manifold as wondrousLongfellow (Author)1

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