Born: Oc­to­ber 28, 1820, Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: Au­gust 14, 1891, Hud­son, New York.

Buried: Bi­shop’s House, Rock Point, Bur­ling­ton, Ver­mont.

Son of John H. Hopkins, some­time Bi­shop of Ver­mont, Hopkins grad­u­at­ed from the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Ver­mont (AB 1839, MA 1845). In New York Ci­ty, he worked as a re­port­er, in­tend­ing to pre­pare for a law ca­reer. In­stead, he en­tered the Gen­er­al The­o­log­ic­al Sem­in­ary, where he grad­u­at­ed in 1850. He then be­came the sem­in­ary’s first mu­sic teach­er (1855-7), and ed­it­or of the Church Jour­nal (1853-68). Hop­kins al­so served as a dea­con (1850) and priest (1872), and as Rec­tor of Trin­i­ty Church, Platts­burg, New York, and Christ Church in Will­iams­port, Penn­syl­van­ia. His works in­clude:



  1. Alleluia! Christ Is Risen Today!
  2. Blow on, Thou Mighty Wind
  3. Come with Us, O Blessèd Jesus
  4. Evergreen, Holly and Laurel
  5. Gather Round the Christmas Tree
  6. Glory to God the Father Be
  7. God Hath Made the Moon Whose Beam
  8. God of Our Fathers, Bless This Our Land
  9. Lord, Now Round Thy Church Behold
  10. Shepherds of Bethlehem, The
  11. We Three Kings