Born: July 15, 1814, Yate­ley, Hamp­shire, Eng­land.

Died: Jan­u­a­ry 2, 1878, Edg­bas­ton, War­wick­shire, Eng­land.

Buried: Red­nal, War­wick­shire, Eng­land. John New­man lies near­by.

Caswall was the son of Ro­bert Clarke Cas­wall, Vi­car of Yate­ley. He at­tend­ed Chig­well Gram­mar School, Marl­bo­rough School, and Brase­nose Col­lege, Ox­ford, where he grad­u­at­ed with hon­ors. Be­fore leav­ing Ox­ford, he pub­lished, un­der the pseu­do­nym of Scrib­ler­us Red­i­vi­vus, “The Art of Pluck,” in imi­ta­tion of Aris­to­tle, a sa­tire on the ways of the care­less col­lege stu­dent.

In 1838, Caswall was or­dained as a dea­con, and 1839 as an An­gli­can priest. In 1840 he be­came per­pe­tu­al cur­ate at Strat­ford-sub-Cas­tle near Sal­is­bury. By 1847, though, he had switched to Ro­man Ca­thol­i­cism and went to the Or­a­tory of St. Philip Neri at Edg­bas­ton, where he did most of his hymn work. Cas­wall is best re­mem­bered as a trans­lat­or of an­cient hymns, though he al­so wrote orig­in­al ly­rics. His works in­clude:

Sources

Hymns

  1. Days and Moments Quickly Flying
  2. Holy Anthem, The
  3. If There Be Any Special Thing
  4. See Amid the Winter’s Snow
  5. Sleep, Holy Babe

Translations

  1. Above the Starry Spheres
  2. All Ye Who Seek a Certain Cure
  3. An Exile for the Faith
  4. At the Cross, Her Station Keeping
  5. Come Hither, Ye Faithful
  6. Come, O Creator Spirit Blest
  7. Come, Thou Holy Spirit, Come
  8. Dawn Is Sprinkling in the East, The
  9. Earth Has Many a Noble City
  10. Glory Be to Jesus
  11. Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding
  12. He Who Once in Righteous Vengeance
  13. I Met the Good Shepherd
  14. Jesu, Thy Mercies Are Untold
  15. Jesus, Brightness of the Father
  16. Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee
  17. Let Alverna’s Holy Mountain
  18. Life Which God’s Incarnate Word, The
  19. My God, I Love Thee
  20. Now, My Tongue, the Mystery Telling
  21. Now with the Rising Golden Dawn
  22. O Hope of Every Contrite Heart
  23. O Jesus, King Most Wonderful
  24. O Saving Victim, Open Wide
  25. O Zion, Open Wide Thy Gates
  26. O’erwhelmed in Depths of Woe
  27. Sing, My Tongue, the Savior’s Glory
  28. Son of the Highest, Deign to Cast
  29. Sun Is Sinking Fast, The
  30. To Christ, the Prince of Peace
  31. When Morning Gilds the Skies