Winkworth, Catherine, an English poetess
unusually gifted as a translator of hymns,
was a member of the Church of England.
She was born in London September 13,
1829. Much of her early life was spent
near Manchester, the family moving later
to Clifton, near Bristol. She made a specialty
of translations from the German.
She was the author of the following books:
(first series, 1855;
second series, 1858);
The Chorale Book for England, 1863;
Christian Singers of Germany, 1869.
She died suddenly of heart
disease at Monnetier, Savoy, July, 1878.
Dr. James Martineau said: "Her translations
contained in these volumes are invariably
faithful and, for the most part,
both terse and delicate; and an admirable
art is applied to the management of complex
and difficult versification." "Miss
Winkworth," says Dr. Julian, "although
not the earliest of modern translators
of German into English, is certainly the
foremost in rank and popularity." She
possessed great intellectual and social gifts,
and was deeply interested in the higher education
of women. Six of her translations
have a place in this volume.
|Faith is a living power from heaven
|Fear not, O little flock, the foe
|Leave God to order all thy ways
|Now God be with us, for the night
|449Now thank we all our God
|Whate'er my God ordains is right