Author of the Lyrics
The author of the rousing
words of the "Now Praise we Great and Famous Men " lyrics, William George Tarrant (July 2, 1853-January 15, 1928),
was born in Pembroke Dock, South Wales and
achieved fame as a Unitarian pastor and hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Now Praise we Great and Famous Men ", Johann Sebastian Bach (March 21, 1685-July 28, 1750),
was born in the town of Eisenach in Thuringia, Germany and
became famous as a composer, Church organist, harpsichordist and musician of the Baroque period.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Now Praise we Great and Famous Men
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): William George Tarrant (July 2, 1853
to January 15, 1928)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Johann Sebastian Bach (March 21, 1685 to
July 28, 1750)
Hymn Category: Catholic Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Now praise we great and famous men, The fathers named in story"
First Publication Date:
Now Praise we Great and Famous Men Lyrics
Now praise we great and famous men,
The fathers named in story;
And praise the Lord, Who now as then
Reveals in man His glory.
Praise we the wise and brave and strong,
Who graced their generation,
Who helped the right, and fought the wrong,
And made our folk a nation.
Praise we the great of heart and mind,
The singers sweetly gifted,
Whose music like a mighty wind
The souls of men uplifted.
Praise we the peaceful men of skill,
Who builded homes of beauty,
And, rich in art, made richer still
The brotherhood of duty.
Praise we the glorious names we know,
And they whose names have perished,
Lost, in the haze of long ago,
In silent love be cherished.
In peace their sacred ashes rest,
Fulfilled their day's endeavor;
They blessed the earth, and they are blessed
Of God and man forever.