Frederick William Faber was born into a family of Anglican divines on 28 June 1814 at the vicarage of Calverley in Yorkshire. He entered Balliol College, Oxford, in 1833. While still an undergraduate he began to compose poems and hymns. He graduated as a Bachelor of Arts in 1836 and got a fellowship at University College. He made friends with William Wordsworth and became a follower of John Henry Newman.
In 1839 Faber received priest's orders and, from 1840, worked as a tutor. While touring the continent he learned to love Catholic forms of worship, some of which he introduced into his parish of Elton, Huntingdonshire, from 1842 onwards. Faber was very much criticised for his Catholic leanings, which ultimately led him to embrace …
Spies, Marion. "Frederick William Faber". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 March 2001
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