|Short Name:||George R. Woodward|
|Full Name:||Woodward, George Ratcliffe, 1848-1934|
Woodward, George Ratcliffe, M.A. of G. & C. College, Cambridge; B.A. in honours 1872, M.A. 1875. Has held several curacies and two benefices, and is now (1907) Curate of St. Mark's, Marylebone Road, London. He has translated a number of hymns from the German and Latin, which are included in his Songs of Syon, 1904.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
George Ratcliffe Woodward (27 December 1848 – 3 March 1934) was an Anglican priest who wrote mostly religious verse, both original and translated from ancient authors. The best-known of these were written to fit traditional melodies, mainly of the Renaissance. He sometimes harmonised these melodies himself, but usually left this to his frequent collaborator, composer Charles Wood.
Woodward was born at 26, Hamilton Square, Birkenhead and educated in Elstree, Hertfordshire, then Harrow School. In 1867 he won a Sayer Scholarship to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, graduating in 1872, third class in the Classics Tripos.
On 21 December 1874 he was ordained deacon by the Bishop of London, to serve as Assistant Curate at St Barnabas, Pimlico. In September 1882 he moved to Little Walsingham with Houghton St Giles, in Norfolk. Woodward played the cello, and the euphonium, sometimes in procession. Other hobbies included bellringing and beekeeping and he also published and printed booklets of his own verse. In 1889 he married Alice Dorothy Lee Warner, at St Barnabas, Pimlico, having moved to Chelmondiston, near Ipswich, in 1888.
In 1893, Woodward published Carols for Christmas-Tide, Series II. His wife Alice died in October 1893, and was buried in Walsingham. In 1894, Woodward published Carols for Easter and Ascension-tide, with one original composition: "This joyful Eastertide". In 1894 Woodward resigned as Rector of Chelmondiston, to return to St Barnabas', Pimlico, as Assistant Priest and Precentor.
Woodward helped create the St Barnabas Choral Society, and continued his interests in carols and plainsong. In 1897 he published Hymns and Carols for Christmas-tide, and in 1898 produced Legends of the Saints, and then in 1902 and 1903 The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus and Poemata. In 1899 Woodward left St Barnabas to edit the Cowley Carol Book.
In 1904 Songs of Syon was published, and In 1910 Woodward’s edition of Piae Cantiones, compiled for the Plainsong and Medieval Music Society. In 1917, he jointly wrote The Acathist Hymn of the Holy Orthodox Church in the Original Greek Text and done into English Verse. In 1920, collaborating with Charles Wood, An Italian Carol Book was published. In 1922, Hymns of the Greek Church.
In 1924, Woodward and Wood published A Cambridge Carol Book: Being Fifty-two Songs for Christmas, Easter and Other Seasons. It included "Ding Dong Merrily on High" and "Past Three O'Clock". The same year Woodward received an honorary Lambeth Doctorate in Music. Woodward died at 48 West Hill, Highgate on 3 March 1934. His interment was at Little Walsingham, Norfolk, on 8 March 1934, at 2 PM.
|Texts by George R. Woodward (26)||As||Instances|
|Ah! Lord God, the world's Creator||George R. Woodward (Translator (from Latin))||2|
|Alleluia, praise the Lord, Be his holy name adored||George Ratcliffe Woodward (Author)||3|
|An Infant lay within a shed||George R. Woodward (Translator (from German))||2|
|Ave Maria, gratia plena, So spoke the archangel||George Ratcliffe Woodward (Author)||1|
|Blessed Jesus, we are here, At thy call||George Ratcliffe Woodward (Author)||3|
|Christ, the Lord hath [is] risen from his three day prison||George Ratcliffe Woodward (Author)||2|
|Christ, the Lord hath risen||George Ratcliffe Woodward (Author)||3|
|Come, all ye creatures of the Lord||George Ratcliffe Woodward (Author)||2|
|Come, listen to my story, Christus natus hodie||George Ratcliffe Woodward (Author)||2|
|Dearest Jesu, we are here||George R. Woodward (Adapter)||1|
|Ding dong! merrily on high||George Ratcliff Woodward, 1848-1934 (Author)||2|
|Eastern monarchs, sages three||G. R. Woodward, 1849-1934 (Translator)||2|
|Go, happy soul: thy days are ended||George Ratcliffe Woodward (Author)||2|
|God is marshaling his army||George Ratcliffe Woodward (Author)||1|
|Is this that body, Jesus, say||George Ratcliffe Woodward (Author)||2|
|Make thee ready, as best thou art able||George R. Woodward (Translator (from Greek))||2|
|My Jesus, pierced for Love of me||George Ratcliffe Woodward (Author)||3|
|Now it is evening, time to rest from labor||George Ratcliffe Woodward (Author)||2|
|The woods and wolds are sleeping||George Ratcliffe Woodward (Author)||4|
|Praise ye the Lord, ye servants of the Lord||G. R. Woodward (Translator)||9|
|Shepherds in the field abiding||George Ratcliffe Woodward (Author)||10|
|The world itself is blithe and gay||George R. Woodward, 1848-1934 (Translator)||5|
|This joyful Eastertide Away with sin and sadness!||George R. Woodward (Author)||25|
|Unto us a boy is born||George Ratcliff Woodward (Translator, v. 2)||1|
|What, ye ask me, is my prize||George Ratcliffe Woodward (Author)||2|
|Whate'er betide, God is my guide||George Ratcliffe Woodward (Author)||2|