In remembrance of....

James Alfred Wight

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The following is an obituary for James Alfred Wight.  We don't know to which publication it is from:

Veterinarian James Alfred Wight, 78, known to the world as author James Herriot, died of prostate cancer on February 23 in Thirsk, Yorkshire. Deciding to become a vet at age 13, Wight studied small animal medicine, but under financial duress became junior partner in an agricultural practice in Thirsk, where he continued to treat animals until 1990. Adopting the pen name James Herriot, Wight wrote unsuccessfully, as a hobby, for many years before producing two successful volumes of reminiscences of his veterinary career at age 53. Sales were initially slow, but they inspired a hit BBC television series, even more popular in the U.S. than in Britain, and combined into a single volume, re-titled All Creatures Great And Small, became a bestseller. Wight went on to produce six more books, including Every Living Thing, which at his death had been on The New York Times bestseller list for 22 weeks.



The song that Alfie took the titles of his books from was written by Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895).  It was originally entitled "A Rich Man And His Castle" but is more popularly know as "All Things Bright And Beautiful".  The words are as follows:


All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
God made their glowing colors,
And made their tiny wings.


The purple headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.


[The following verse is omitted from most hymnals]

The rich man in his castle,
The poor man at his gate,
He made them high or lowly,
And ordered their estate.


The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden:
God made them every one.


The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows where we play,
The rushes by the water,
We gather every day.


God gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.



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