Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Quote for the Day: Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould

A slightly different format today in the Quote for the Day to enable me to tell the following story about the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924), an Anglican priest who, although also a scholar, student of antiquity and biographer of saints, is today best remembered as the writer of the hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers”.

Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould

Grace Taylor

When Baring-Gould was 34, he met and married Grace Taylor, a sixteen year old uneducated mill girl, after a courtship during which he sent her away to be educated before tying the knot. They went on to live very happily together and produce fifteen children.

At a children’s party one evening a child bumped into his leg and, upon picking her up, he asked “And whose little girl are you?”, at which the child burst into tears and said “I’m yours Daddy!”


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