Young, John Freeman


b Pittston, Maine, USA 1820, d New York 1885. Wesleyan Univ, Middletown, Connecticut. He then joined the Protestant Episcopal (Anglican) Church, training at the Virginia Theological Seminary at Alexandria; ordained in 1845. After parish ministry at Jacksonville and Tallahassee, Florida, he served in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana between 1848 and 1855, then for 12 years at Trinity Parish, New York City. In 1867 he was elected as the 2nd Bishop of Florida, remaining in that post until his death from pneumonia while visiting New York. He was a keen supporter of new church building projects in his diocese and state, and of educational advances such as the schools he founded for boys in Jacksonville and girls in Fernandina. At the end of the civil war he shared in the re-opening of the Univ of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. While at Trinity, New York, he published Hymns and Music for the Young (1860–61); his Great Hymns of the Church appeared posthumously in 1887. But his main claim to distinction rests on his world-famous translation of the German carol included here; see notes. No.377.

Hymns and songs by Young, John Freeman

Number Hymn Name
CP57 Silent night! Holy night!
377 Silent night! holy night!