A Collective Call: "And Now, O Father, Mindful Of The Love"
"And Now, O Father, Mindful Of The Love" is a hymn by two Williams, one William Bright (1824-1901) and one William Henry Monk (1823–1889).
William Bright is the mind behind the lyrics of the hymn. Not much is known about him, but fourteen hymns (including this one) is credited to him. His education was traced at University College of Oxford, where he went for his BA in 1846. Three years later, he went to the same school to get his MA. He was one of the Johnson's Theological Scholar and went back to his college to become a Fellow in 1847 and rose up to be a Tutor. Apart from his scholarly works, he also entered the Holy Orders in 1848. With his academic and theological background, he rose to be the Regius Professor of Ecclesiastical History and Canon of Christ Church in 1859. He is also is credited as the author of 13 works, which centered on hymns, poems, Church history, prayer books and saints and their works.
The other William of this duo is William Henry Monk (1823–1889). This English singing teacher spent his years working for King's College. Music and singing dominated his life, and he continued to work in the same profession at National Training School for Music and Bedford College (1878). For this hymn, he used "Unde et Memores" (translated as 'mindful'), which he created in 1875. "Unde et Memores" is one of his fifty-eight creations.
There is also an alternative tune called "Song 24" composed by Orlando Gibbons (1583- 1625) in 1623.
The original hymn was five stanzas with six lines. Other versions of the hymn include four or three verses (the modern version) while still retaining the six lines.
A quick look at the hymn gives the impression that the hymn's perspective is more collective with the use of pronouns such as 'we,' 'our,' and 'us.' Also, this hymn gives more agency to the singer of the hymn, directly speaking to God as a collective rather than a personal hymn.