S. BARING-GOULD "ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS" Manuscript
S. BARING-GOULD "ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS"
Nicely framed. Scarce and Superb A.Q.S. Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) "Onward Christian Soldiers"
Signed S. Baring-Gould.
1 Page Legal Folio. Signed S. Baring-Gould. The Complete Lyrics of His Most Famous Composition. The lyrics in this composition differ slightly from the published verse and may be first draft.
Finely penned on a single sheet with pencil underlines separating the verses. A few light scattered foxed spots at bottom. The Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould (28 January 1834 – 2 January 1924) of Lew Trenchard in Devon, England, was an Anglican priest, hagiographer, antiquarian, novelist, folk song collector and eclectic scholar. His bibliography consists of more than 1240 publications, though this list continues to grow. His family home, the manor house of Lew Trenchard, near Okehampton, Devon, has been preserved as he had it rebuilt and is now a hotel. He is remembered particularly as a writer of hymns, the best-known being "Onward, Christian Soldiers" and "Now the Day Is Over". He also translated the carol "Gabriel's Message" from the Basque language to English. Baring-Gould wrote many novels, including The Broom-Squire set in the Devil's Punch Bowl (1896), Mehalah: a story of the salt marshes (1880), Guavas the Tinner (1897), the 16-volume The Lives of the Saints, and the biography of the eccentric poet-vicar of Morwenstow, Robert Stephen Hawker. He also published nearly 200 short stories in assorted magazines and periodicals. Many of these short stories were collected together and republished as anthologies, such as his Book of Ghosts (1904), Dartmoor Idyllys (1896), and In a Quiet Village (1900). His folkloric studies resulted in The Book of Were-Wolves (1865), one of the most frequently cited studies of lycanthropy. He habitually wrote while standing, and his desk can be seen in the manor.
One of his most enduringly popular works was Curious Myths of the Middle Ages, first published in two parts during 1866 and 1868, and republished in many other editions since then. "Each of the book's twenty-four chapters deals with a particular medieval superstition and its variants and antecedents," writes critic Steven J. Mariconda. H. P. Lovecraft termed it "that curious body of medieval lore which the late Mr. Baring-Gould so effectively assembled in book form." He wrote much about the Westcountry:
His works of this topic include:
A Book of the West. 2 vols. I: Devon; II: Cornwall. London: Methuen, 1899
Cornish Characters and Strange Events. London: John Lane, 1909 (reissued in 1925 in 2 vols., First series and Second series)
Devonshire Characters and Strange Events.
Baring-Gould served as president of the Royal Institution of Cornwall for ten years from 1897. He is also well known for his writings on the Life of Napoleon Bonaparte. 1908.