Twells on Lyte
A Generous Tribute: Twells on Lyte.
Henry Twells* paid a felicitous tribute to Henry Francis Lyte* that deserves to be better known. In Twells’s Hymns and Other Stray Verses (1901), published after his death, there is a poem entitled ‘The Rev. Henry Francis Lyte’. Twells described him as
A Parish priest, whose anxious post Was on South Devon’s rocky coast, Through all his life at various times Had clothed his thoughts in graceful rhymes.
The poem goes on to describe Lyte’s most famous hymn, and the circumstances surrounding its composition:
Soon that devout and faithful priest Spread the last time the Holy Feast, Pointed his weeping flock on high, And left them, as he knew, to...
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