Believing fathers oft have told
Believing fathers oft have told. Archibald Hamilton Charteris* (1835- 1908).
This was written in 1889 on a steamer on Lake Como, Italy, where Charteris was presumably on holiday from his duties as a Professor of Biblical Criticism at the University of Edinburgh. It was written for the Young Man’s Guild, of which Charteris was a founder, and published in the August number of The Guild Magazine in the same year. It was entitled ‘Guild Hymn’. It was a long hymn of five 8-line stanzas, each of which ends the stanza with two further lines to make a variable refrain.
The stanzas were written for young men, and the language throughout reflects that, as the first stanza demonstrates:...
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