Lew, Timothy T’ing Fang
b Wenchau, Chekiang, China 1891, d Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA 1947. Educated in China and at the Univs of Columbia and Yale, USA, and at New York’s Union Theological Seminary. He lectured in N American schools and colleges from 1926 to 1928 when he returned to China. He chaired the commission preparing the first Hymns of Universal Praise (Chinese Union, 1936) and was an official Chinese delegate to international church gatherings between 1927 and 1939, also serving in a government post, 1936–41. He then went back to the USA and taught in the Univ of New Mexico for his remaining years. It has been rare for European Christians to have access to Chinese hymns, even (as here) in paraphrase or even a paraphrase of a prose translation. Two of this author’s texts from the 1930s, translated from the Chinese by Frank W Price and/or Daniel T Niles, feature in the often-reprinted CCA (Christian Conference of Asia) Hymnal of 1964; with one overlap, two featured in Erik Routley’s A Panorama of Christian Hymnody (1979, 2005), and the one chosen here was also in HTC. No.573.