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Laurence Housman

Laurence Housman
Short Name: Laurence Housman
Full Name: Housman, Laurence, 1865-1959
Birth Year: 1865
Death Year: 1959

Housman, Lawrence, author and artist, was born July 18, 1867, at Bromsgrove, Worcs. His devotional poetry is principally in his Spikenard, 1898, and Bethlehem, 1902. To the English Hymnal, 1906, he contributed eight translations (142, 188, 191, 228, 229, 230, 231, 234); also three original hymns, with a fourth previously published, viz.:—
1. Lord God of Hosts, within Whose hand. St. George.
2. The Maker of the sun and moon. Christmas. From Bethlehem, 1902, p. 75.
3. The Saint who first found grace to pen. St. Mark.
4. When Christ was born in Bethlehem. Holy Innocents. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)


Born: July 18, 1865, Bromsgrove, Hereford, England.
Died: February 20, 1959, Glastonbury, Somerset, England.
Buried: St. Mary’s, Bathwick, Smallcombe, near Bath.

Housman studied art at the Lambeth School of Art and the Royal College of Art. He had great success as an illustrator, but when his eyesight began to fail, he turned to writing books and plays. He wrote 80 books during his lifetime. He often seemed to fall afoul of the censors, though, for religious and political reasons. A committed socialist and pacifist, in 1907, he helped found the Men’s League for Women’s Suffrage. He was also an honorary associate of the Women Writers’ Suffrage League. His works include:
Jump-to-Glory Jane, by Meredith
Goblin Market, by Christiantina Rossetti, 1893
The End of Elfintown, by Jane Barlow, 1894
Spikenard, 1898
The Sensitive Plant, 1898
Bethlehem, 1902
The Blue Moon, 1904
Angels and Ministers, 1921
Little Plays of St. Francis, 1922
Victoria Regina, 1937
The Unexpected Years, 1937 (autobiography)


Wikipedia Biography

Laurence Housman (/ˈhaʊsmən/; 18 July 1865 – 20 February 1959) was an English playwright, writer and illustrator during the Victorian era. He studied art in London. He was a younger brother of the poet A. E. Housman.

Texts by Laurence Housman (19)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Child of a virgin, Maker of thy motherLaurence Housman (Author)2
Fair is their fame who standLaurence Housman (Author)5
Father eternal, Ruler of creationLaurence Housman, 1865 - 1959 (Author)English46
God most high, the heaven's FoundationLaurence Housman (Author)English2
He, whose confession God of old acceptedLaurence Housman (Author)8
Honor and glory, power and salvationL. H. (Author)English2
Lord God of Hosts, within whose handLaurence Housman (Author)4
Mary, weep not, weep no longerL. H. (Translator)3
Now in holy celebrationL. H. (Translator)4
O Christ, our joy, to whom is givenL. H. (Translator)4
O Light of light, by love inclinedLaurence Housman (Translator (from Latin))English5
O Light of Light, Love given birthLaurence Housman, 1865-1959 (Translator)English4
O Lord Most High, eternal KingLaurence Housman (1865-1959) (Translator (attributed to) (st. 4))English1
Portal of the world’s salvationL. H. (Translator)2
Sing we all the joys and sorrowsL. H. (Translator)2
Son of a virgin, Maker of thy motherL. H. (Translator)6
The Maker of the sun and moonLaurence Housman (Author)English12
The saint who first found grace to penLaurence Housman (Author)6
When Christ was born in Bethlehem, Fair peace on earth to bringLaurence Housman (Author)English9

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