The son of consolation

The son of consolation. Maud Coote* (1851-1935). This hymn for St Barnabas’ Day was written before 1871, when it was published in Church Hymns (1871, Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874), so it was the work of a young woman. It should really have been attributed to Maud Oswell, her maiden name, but in hymnbooks it is given as above. The name Barnabas means ‘son of consolation’ (Acts 4: 36). The hymn had five stanzas, printed in EH for St Barnabas’ Day (11 June), shortened to three and radically altered by the editors of NEH (1986):          Church Hymns/ EH                                                  NEH  The Son of Consolation!                                 The ‘Son of Consolation’,...

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