|Short Name:||Lesbia Scott|
|Full Name:||Scott, Lesbia, 1898-1987|
Lesbia Lesley Locket was born in Willesden (a suburb of London) in 1898. She married John Mortimer Scott, a naval officer, who later became an Anglican priest and served a parish near Dartmoor. Active in amateur theatre and religious drama, Mrs Scott did considerable writing, especially of religious drama. She died in 1986 at Pershore, England.
Lesbia Scott wrote "I Sing a Song of the Saints of God" for her three children, and not for publication. This delightful hymn was intended for use on Saints' Days to reinforce the fact that saints not only lived in the distant past but may also live and work in everyday lives.
Her interest was not just to glory in the past deeds of saints, but to teach that sainthood is our calling also. She recalls that those who loved and died for Christ came from many walks of life: medicine, royalty, shepherd, the military, and the church. At the end of each of the three verses she comes back to herself (and thus the singer), declaring her intention to become one too. There is a delightful touch of her English breeding in the last verse, when she declares that there are "hundreds of thousands still" brightening our world who can be seen at church or on our travels, or "at tea."
This hymn were first published in England in 1929, and in the United States in the Episcopal Church Hymnal.