Who is John Mason Neale

John Mason Neale (24 January 1818 – 6 August 1866) was an English Anglican priest, scholar and hymnwriter. He notably worked and wrote on a wide range of holy Christian texts, including obscure medieval hymns, both Western and Eastern. Among his most famous hymns is the 1853 Good King Wenceslas, set on Boxing Day. An Anglo-Catholic, Neale's works have found positive reception in high-church Anglicanism and Western Rite Orthodoxy.


Neale was born in London on 24 January 1818, his parents being the clergyman Cornelius Neale and Susanna Neale, daughter of John Mason Good. A younger sister Elizabeth Neale (1822–1901) founded the Community of the Holy Cross. He was educated at Sherborne School, Dorset, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where (despite being said to...
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John Mason Neale Poems

  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
    O come, O come, Emmanuel,
    And ransom captive Israel,
    That mourns in lonely exile here
    Until the Son of God appear....
  • Good King Wenceslas
    Good King Wenceslas looked out,
    On the feast of Stephen,
    When the snow lay round about,
    Deep and crisp and even:...
  • Good Christian Men, Rejoice
    Good Christian men, rejoice
    With heart and soul and voice,
    Give ye heed to what we say:
    News! News!...
  • Christ Was Born On Christmas Day
    Christ was born on Christmas Day
    Wreathe the holly, twine the bay;
    Christus natus hodie;
    The Babe, The Son, the Holy One of Mary....
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Slapmillsap: option 1: john mason neale's commentary on the psalms (4 volumes). j.m. neale is one of the most influential anglican musicians ever, and i've wanted to read his psalms commentary for a long time.
Edpearce080759: hymn writer and cleric john mason neale was born on january 24, 1818. he is best known for writing "good king wenceslas" and and translating "o come, o come, emmanuel."
Kfuoradio: we are baptized into christ's death, and we will also rise from death just as he did! hear christ for you at
Dvdpeters: the poem here illustrated by mr. gaskin's beautiful pictures was written to suit a mediæval tune by dr. john mason neale, who was one of the leaders in the early days of the ritualistic movement.
Dominicfrisby: as it's st stephen's day we have good king wenceslas by václav alois svoboda and john mason neale
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Vain Hope
 by Ernest Dowson

Sometimes, to solace my sad heart, I say,
Though late it be, though lily-time be past,
Though all the summer skies be overcast,
Haply I will go down to her, some day,
And cast my rests of life before her feet,
That she may have her will of me, being so sweet
And none gainsay!


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