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Robert Southwell

Robert Southwell
Short Name: Robert Southwell
Full Name: Southwell, Robert, Saint, 1561?-1595
Birth Year (est.): 1561
Death Year: 1595

Southwell, Robert, was b. at Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk, about 1561, educated at Paris and at Rome, and entered the Society of Jesus at Rome, Oct. 17, 1578. He spent part of his noviciate at Tournai in Belgium, but returned to Rome and completed his studies there. After being ordained priest in 1584, he returned to England in 1586. He was arrested in 1592 on the charge of high treason, committed to the Tower of London, formally tried at Westminster, Feb. 21, 1594-5, and executed the next day at Tyburn.
His Poetical Works were collected in 1856 by W. B. Turnbull, and re-edited in 1872 more completely and more carefully by Dr. A. B. Grosart, from the Add. manuscript 10422 in the British Museum, from a manuscript, perhaps autograph, at Stonyhurst College, Lanes., and from the printed editions of the individual works. One of his carols is noted at p. 210, ii., one of his translations at p. 663, ii., three additional are in the Arundel Hymns, 1902. They are all in Grosart's edition and are here cited as they are found in the Add. 10422, the spelling being preserved:—
1. As I in hoarie winters nyght. [Christmas]. At f. 10 b. This is the admirable poem entitled "The Burning Babe."
2. Behoulde a seelie tender Babe. [Christmas.] At f. 11. See p. 210, ii.
3. In Paschall fest, ye ende of auntient rite. [Holy Communion.] At f. 17 b.
4. Let folly prayse that phaney loues. [Christmas.] At f. 9. The Arundel reads "what fancy loves."
5. Prayse, 0 Syon, prayse, prayse thy Saviour. At f. 16. From the "Lauda Sion," p. 663, ii.
See also notices in the Month for Oct. 1894, and Feb. and March 1895, and in the Dublin Review, Oct. 1903. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

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

Wikipedia Biography

Robert Southwell (c. 1561 – 21 February 1595), also Saint Robert Southwell, was an English Roman Catholic priest of the Jesuit Order. He was also a poet, hymnodist, and clandestine missionary in Elizabethan England. After being arrested and imprisoned in 1592, and intermittently tortured and questioned by Richard Topcliffe, Southwell was eventually tried and convicted of high treason for his links to the Holy See. On 21 February 1595, Father Southwell was hanged at Tyburn. In 1970, he was canonised by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

Texts by Robert Southwell (22)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
As I in hoary winter's nightRobert Southwell, circa 1561-1595 (Author)English3
Before my face the picture hangsRobert Southwell (Author)2
Behold a simple, tender babeRobert Southwell (Author)6
Come to your heaven, you heavenly choirsRobert Southwell (Author)English3
ReadingsRobert Southwell (Author)Spanish1
He that his mirth hath lostRobert Southwell (Author)2
I dwell in grace's courtsRobert Southwell, 1562-1594 (Author)2
I praise him most, I love him best, all praise and love is hisRobert Southwell (Author)2
If virtue be thy guideRobert Southwell (Author)2
In Paschal feast, ye end of ancient riteRobert Southwell (Author)2
Let folly praise that fancy lovesRobert Southwell (Author)English7
O Lord my sins doth overcharge thy breastRobert Southwell (Author)2
O pleasant spot, O place of restRobert Southwell (Author)2
Our Savior, pattern of true holinessRobert Southwell (Author)2
Praise, O Zion, praise thy SaviorRobert Southwell (Author)1
The lopped tree in time may grow againRobert Southwell (Author)3
This little Babe so few days oldRobert Southwell (Author)English3
To blaze the rising of this glorious sunRobert Southwell (Author)2
When thou dost talk with God, by prayer I meanRobert Southwell (Author)3
When words are weakRobert Southwell (Author)2
Who lives in love, loves least to liveRobert Southwell (Author)2
Yet God's must I remainRobert Southwell (Author)2

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