Athelstan Riley

Short Name: Athelstan Riley
Full Name: Riley, Athelstan, 1858-1945
Birth Year: 1858
Death Year: 1945

Riley, John Athelstan Laurie, M.A., s. of John Riley, Mytholmroyd, Yorks, was born in London, Aug. 10, 1858, and educated at Eton and at Pembroke College, Oxford (B.A. 1881, M.A. 1883). He has been since 1892 a member of the House of Laymen of the Province of Canterbury. He was one of the compilers of The English Hymnal, 1906, and contributed to it seven translations from the Latin (34, 185, 193, 195, 213, 242, 321, with No. 97 previously published), and one from the Greek, beginning, "What sweet of life endureth," from Iiola rod fiiov, p. 899, i., and the following originals:—
1. Come, let us join the Church above. Martyrs.
2. Saints of God! Lo, Jesu’s people. St. Bartholomew. The initials of the lines form the acrostic Saint Bartholomew; it is really a general hymn for Apostles.
3. Ye watchers and ye holy ones. Universal Praise to God. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

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

Wikipedia Biography

John Athelstan Laurie Riley (10 August 1858 – 17 November 1945) was an English hymn writer and hymn translator. Riley was born in Paddington, London, and attended Pembroke College, Oxford, where obtained his BA in 1881 and MA in 1883. Active in the Anglo-Catholic wing of the Church of England and a member of the Alcuin Club, he energised the development of The English Hymnal (1906) and was chairman of its editorial board. His best-known hymn is "Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones". He also created an English adaption of the eucharistic hymn "O Esca Viatorum".

Texts by Athelstan Riley (16)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
All, hail ye little martyr flowersA. R. (Translator)English5
Another year completedJ. Athelstan Riley (Translator (from Latin))English5
Blest martyr, let thy triumph dayA. R. (Translator)English2
Christ the fair glory of the holy angels, Maker of all things, ruler of all nationsAthelstan Riley (Author)English2
Jesus the Glory of the Holy AngelsA. R. (Translator)English7
Come, let us join the Church aboveAthelstan Riley (Author)English3
Dost thou truly seek renownAthelstan Riley, 1858-1945 (Translator)English5
Gloriosos ángeles, alzadAthleson Laurie Riley (Author)Spanish3
Hail, O star that pointestJ. Athelstan Riley (Translator (from Latin))English9
O Bread of Life from heavenAthelstan Riley, 1858-1945 (Translator (St. 3))English1
O Food of men wayfaringAthelstan Riley (Translator)English12
Saints of God! Lo, Jesus' peopleA. R. (Author)English7
The praises of that saint we singA. R. (Translator)English6
What sweet of life endureth J. Athelstan Riley (Translator (from Greek))English5
Ye watchers and ye holy onesAthelstan Riley (Author)English100
Zion, praise thy Savior, singingJohn Athelstan Laurie Riley (Translator)English1

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