Tucker, Francis Bland


b Norfolk, Virginia, USA 1895, d Savannah, Georgia, USA 1974. Univ of Virginia (BA 1914). The 13th child of Bp Beverley and Mrs Anna Tucker, he taught in Kyoto, Japan, and in 1916 joined the US army, working in a French hospital, and after the war studied at the Virginia Theological Seminary (BD 1920, DD 1940). Ordained in 1918 in what was then the Protestant Episcopal Ch of the USA, he was Rector of Grammer in S Virginia, 1920–25. His other parish appointments were at St John’s, Georgetown, Washington DC (1925–45) and Old Christ Ch, Savannah, Georgia (1945–67). Most of his hymns were written while he served on the revision and theological committees of the Episcopalian Hymnal 1940 and its supplements, and he was also a member of the Joint Commission on Ch Music, 1946–58. According to Erik Routley in 1979 his hymns are free of cliché, and ‘There is no better twentieth-century writing [in the USA or UK] than is to be found in Tucker’. A full tribute to his ‘many years of faithful service, [and] his glorious hymns’ is reprinted in The Hymnal 1982 Companion (1994, pp637–639), by some way the longest biographical note in that book. He also compiled More than Conquerors, a collection of 30 monthly letters written to his congregation during a long remission and recuperation from lung cancer. Baptist Praise and Worship (1991) has 3 of his texts; the A&M in 2000, Common Praise, has 5, and its Canadian counterpart with the same title (1998) 8, while 4 feature in the 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Worship and 7 in A Panorama of Christian Hymnody (2005 edn). Nos.395, 646.

Hymns and songs by Tucker, Francis Bland

Number Hymn Name
395 All praise to Christ, our Lord and King divine
646 Father, we give you thanks, who planted