Hymn #408: All My Hope on God Is Founded

Joachim Neander (1650-1680) based this German text, "Meine Hoffnung stehet feste," on 1 Timothy 6:17: "to set their hopes...on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment."  He intended the hymn to be used as a prayer following the evening meal.  The English paraphrase was made by Robert S. Bridges in 1899.

 


Joachim Neander was born in Bremen, Germany, in 1650, and his family may have been of Jewish heritage.  Neander worked as headmaster of a Reformed grammar school at Dusseldorf, Germany, but was fired for making changes in the school without permission of the school's ministers.

Herman Norman Howells (1892-1983) wrote this music at the breakfast table after receiving a request in the morning mail for a new tune from Thomas Feilden, the director of music of the Charterhouse School, England.  Howells named the tune MICHAEL to honor a son who had died in childhood.

 

Herbert Howells was a professor of composition at the Royal College of Music in London, England, for over fifty years.  In addition, he succeeded Gustav Holst in 1936 as director of music at St. Paul's Girls School in London, remaining in that position until 1962.