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Allen W. Chatfield

Anglican vicar in Herefordshire

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Chatfield was ed­u­cat­ed at Char­ter­house School and Trin­i­ty Coll­ege, Cam­bridge, where he was Bell’s Un­i­ver­si­ty Schol­ar and Mem­bers’ Prize­man. He grad­u­at­ed in 1831, win­ning a first class in class­ic­al hon­ors. Tak­ing Ho­ly Or­ders in 1832, he served as Vi­car of Stot­field, Bed­ford­shire (1833-1847) and Vi­car of Much-Marcle, Her­e­ford­shire (1847-?).

Chatfield is most remembered for his Songs and Hymns of the Earliest Greek Christian Poets, which included the English translation of the hymn, "Lord Jesus, Think on Me" (translated from Greek to English).

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A skilled poet and one of the most talented Greek scholars of his time, Chatfield took it upon himself to translate some of Christianity’s earliest hymns. His translations exhibited a rare elegance that other translators may have lost, and they still appear in modern hymnals. “Lord Jesus, Think on Me” is perhaps the most well-known, although several others at least equal it in beauty.

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