William Walsham How (1823-1897) was indeed a prominent hymn writer and Anglican bishop in the 19th century.
He served as the Bishop of Wakefield from 1888 until his death in 1897. Throughout his life, he contributed significantly to the world of hymnody, penning numerous hymns that are still sung in churches today. Some of his most well-known hymns include:
“For All the Saints“: This hymn is often sung on All Saints’ Day and is a celebration of the communion of saints.
“O Word of God Incarnate”: A hymn that focuses on the power and significance of God’s Word.
“We Give Thee but Thine Own”: A hymn that emphasizes stewardship and giving back to God what He has entrusted to us.
“Who Is This, So Weak and Helpless”: A hymn that reflects on the humble birth of Jesus.
William Walsham How’s hymns are appreciated for their theological depth and poetic beauty, and they continue to be cherished in Christian worship services and gatherings worldwide.