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Christopher Wordsworth

(1807—1885) bishop of Lincoln


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(1807–85), Bp. of Lincoln. He was the youngest son of Christopher Wordsworth (1774–1846), Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and thus a nephew of W. Wordsworth, the poet. Elected a Fellow of his father's college in 1830, he was Headmaster of Harrow from 1836 to 1844, and after holding various ecclesiastical appointments was consecrated Bp. of Lincoln in 1869. Throughout his life he remained a conservative High Churchman, with great veneration for the early Church Fathers. In this field perhaps his most important study was St Hippolytus and the Church of Rome (1853), a reply to C. C. J. Bunsen's book (1852). He also wrote a commentary on the Bible (NT, 1856–60; OT, 1864–71) and a series of hymns, published in The Holy Year (1862); several of these are still in use, among them ‘Hark! the sound of holy voices’ and ‘Songs of thankfulness and praise’.

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Christianity.


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