Hymn #298: O Savior, for the Saints

            Richard Mant (1776-1848) included this hymn and several other original texts in Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary for Domestic Use, compiled in 1837.  At that time, Mant was serving as bishop of Killaloe, Kilfenoragh, Down, and Conner, Ireland.

           Richard Mant, the son of a Church of England rector, was also ordained to that church’s ministry in 1803.  He traveled as a lecturer before beginning his career as a parish priest.  Mant wrote several volumes of sacred poetry, The Book of Psalms in an English Metrical Version (1824), and the History of the Church in Ireland.
          William Henry Walter (1825-1893) composed FESTAL SONG, which was first printed in The Hymnal with Tunes Old and New (1872) as the setting for “Awake and Sing the Song.”  John Ireland Tucker was the editor of that volume.

           William Walter, born in Newark, New Jersey, began playing the organ for church services in his youth.  After completing his education, he moved to New York City, where, over a period of twenty-five years, he was organist for four different Manhattan churches.