Hymn #295: I Sing a Song of the Saints of God

     Lesbia Scott (1898-1986) wrote this hymn for her three children; like all her texts, it was never intended to be published. It was meant to be used on saints’ days as a reminder that sainthood is a possibility even in the context of our daily lives.

     Lesbia Scott was born in London and educated at Raven’s Croft School in Sussex, England. She took a great interest in amateur theatrical productions and wrote a number of religious dramas. She was married to John Mortimer Scott, a British naval officer.

     John Henry Hopkins (1861-1945) named this tune GRAND ISLE for a town in Vermont on Lake Champlain, where he lived in retirement from 1929 until his death in 1945.  Hopkins wrote the tune for this text in The Episcopal Hymnal (1940) and was a member of the committee for that hymnal.

     John Henry Hopkins, son of a clergyman and grandson of the second Episcopal bishop of Vermont, was ordained in 1891 and served several churches in the Midwest. He became rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Chicago, Illinois, before returning to Vermont, where he died in 1945.