A scholar, a nature enthusiast, a musician, a teacher, a prose and poetry writer, a traveller, and an Anglican priest, Reverend Walter Stanley Senior embodied all of these descriptors in one remarkable individual. But he is best described by his wife, Ethel M. Senior, as a “poet of Ceylon, a seeker of souls and servant of God.”
He taught at Trinity College Kandy, Royal College Colombo, University College Colombo, and served as a parish priest at Christ Church Galle Face, Colombo. A man who promoted peace and national unity in Sri Lanka, Reverend W.S. Senior will always be remembered whenever we sing “Hymn of Ceylon.”
His autobiography provides a glimpse of his life, principles, and magnificent contributions to humanity, especially for those fortunate enough to have crossed his path.