10 Eighteenth Century Baptist Hymn Writers

1. Anne Steele
2. Benjamin Beddome
3. Benjamin Francis
4. Benjamin Wallin
5. Daniel Turner
6. John Fawcett
7. John Rippon
8. John Ryland Jr
9. Robert Robinson
10. Samuel Medley


One more possible stray from Beddome's Library

In a catalogue of 1892 I came across this entry

Annesley (S), Life of the Rev, Thomas Brand contemp. red mor., g.e., (probably by S. Mearne jun) Sides covered with delicate gt. tooling, with drawer-handle stamps, autograph of Benjamin Beddome, the hymn-writer, on title, 1692, 12mo. (251), May 12, Hodgson Myers, £5 Annius (Jo.) Commentaria de Antiquitatibus, lit. rom.

The Puritan Annesley c 1620-1696 was an ancestor of the Wesleys. Brand lived 1635-1691.

This looks to be the same book noted here.

Library Resources for the book

Beddome's one tome was his expansion of the Baptist Catechism. Among resources available in his Library for the task would be the following

106. (1) An abridgement of the late reverend Assemblies Shorter catechism by Thomas Lye 1621-1684 from 1662 bound with
(2) The shorter catechism composed by the reverend Assembly of Divines 1660 and with
(3) A brief and easie explanation of the Shorter catechism by John Wallis 1616-1703 

121. An explanation of the shorter catechism, compos'd by the Assembly of Divines at Westminster, 1647 by Thomas Lye 1621-1684 from 1676

216. A short explanation of the Assembly's shorter catechism, in a most familiar way. ... By W. N. Pastor of a congregation in Ipswich. ie William Notcutt 1672-1756

271. Rich jewel of Christian divinity by Immanuel Bourne 1590-1672

319. A plain method of catechizing: with a prefatory catechism, shewing, ministers parents masters ought to be teachers of the first principles of Christian doctrine by Thomas Doolittle 1632?-1707

331. William Fenner's Catechism on the Creed, Lord's prayer, and X. Commandments annexed to his Works.


Old Bourton Chapel

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The old chapel Bourton

Bourton Postcard

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Not sure where this postcard is from but it shows Beddome's manse and the old chapel


Contents for new book

Contributors | ix
Preface | xi
1. Being Benjamin Beddome: A Biographical Study | 1 Gary Brady
2. “Glory to the Three eternal”: Benjamin Beddome and the Teaching of Trinitarian Theology | 34 Michael A. G. Haykin
3. Benjamin Beddome’s Christology | 51 Jeongmo Yoo
4. The Pneumatology of Benjamin Beddome | 89 Daniel S. Ramsey
5. “Such wondrous grace demands a song”: The Hymns of Benjamin Beddome | 118 R. Scott Connell 6. Benjamin Beddome and the Modern Question: The Witness of his Sermons | 142 Jason C. Montgomery
Bibliography | 173

Book on Beddome Coming Soon

It's been a long time in the making but a new academic book on  Beddome is coming soon.


Stow and the Cotswolds after Beddome

Beddome lived in Slaughter before he married and moved to Bourton. It appears that he preached at Stow in the Wold twice a month for most of the time that he was minister at Bourton. People from all over the area would attend his ministry in Bourton.
In 1799 The Baptist Annual Register revealed that in 1792 Elisha Smith (1754-1819) had left Shipston on Stour, having an opportunity of fixing one S(amuel) Taylor in that place. He was ordained there quickly afterwards, but the pastorate did not last that long. Mr Read, who we have mentioned as for some time serving Bourton on the Water then came there.
On Beddome's death, Smith served Stow in the Wold, but found it hard to ride twenty miles and preach three times every Sabbath, and an opportunity offering of their procuring a stated miniſter, he left them to the care of brother (James) Rodway (d 1843), previously in Sierra Leone, who laboured among them with good acceptance.
Smith's removal from these two places, was not occasioned by want of reciprocal affection, but was all down to the plain indications of Providence. After leaving Stow, he divided his labours between (Chipping) Campden and Blockley. Interest there, though small, yielded him growing encouragement.
The Register also reported that religion was advancing in the vicinity more generally. It mentions a Mr (Joseph) Proctor, of Fleet Street, coming to Moreton in the Marsh, three miles from Smith and a Midland Association that went back to 1655. Proctor had fitted up at his own expense a place of worship, and sent down a worthy minister from Hoxton academy, John Mann, a namesake of one of the early ministers there. Mann's labours had been blessed. He also preached at Blockley, he and Smith getting on very well.
A place of worſhip had also been erected at Broadway, five miles distant, by a worthy independent brother. A James Dean had been ordained as pastor over the Baptist church at Chalford.

Six hymns not in the collection

These six hymns appeared in The Baptist Annual Registry in 1801 and do not appear to have made it into the final collection



Exodus iii. 4.—And when the Lord saw, etc.
WITH true devotion come,
And stand before the Lord;
With earnestness invoke his aid,
With rev'rence hear his word.

2 Look well unto your feet,
Lest you should step aside:
Take heed of indolence and sloth,
Hypocrisy and pride.

3 Of wand'ring eyes and thoughts,
Of idle words beware:
Watch every motion of the heart,
And keep your lips with care.

4. Where God his presence grants,
No evil should be found;
Sin should be banish’d far from thence,
For 'tis his holy ground.

BEHOLD the burning bush,
A glorious type of Christ;
Who his own soul an off'ring made,
And was himself the priest.

2 The bush tho' all on fire,
Yet unconsum’d remains;
Thus he endur'd God's fiercest wrath,
And death's acutest pains.

3 Yet from the dreary grave,
Did Christ the conq'ror rise;
And he, who suffered here below,
Now reigns above the skies.

Exodus x. 16, 17.— Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste, etc.
PHARAOH, and Saul and others have
Confest how vile they've been;
And yet their hearts were unrenew'd,
And lust bare rule within.

2 They promis'd fair, but soon forgot
The promises they made:
And when thy rod was once remov’d,
They ceas'd to be afraid.

3 Almighty God, thy piercing eye
My inmost thoughts surveys;
Purge from hypocrisy and guile
My heart and all my ways.

WITH warm affections let us come
Before the Lord our God;
Tremble beneath his threaten’d wrath,
And his uplifted rod:

2 Sue for the pardon of our sins,
So many and so great;
And seek the tokens of his love
Before it is too late.

3 With bitter eyes and flowing tears,
Let us his grace implore,
And when that grace is once obtained,
Let us offend no more.

Exodus xxviii. 36.- Holiness to the Lord.
INSCRIB'D upon my heart,
And ev'ry thing I do,
Let holiness unto the Lord
Appear in open view.

2 This Aaron's motto was;
O be it also mine;
Whilst justice, truth, and piety
In my whole conduct shine.

3 Thus placing all my hope
On Jesu's pard'ning blood
With courage, strength, and steadiness
I'll tread the heavenly road.

AH more benign than morning's azure sky,
Late from the wrath of midnight tempers freed,
Than tear drops streaming from compassion's eye,
When at her feet the sons of fortitude bleed.

Yes, more benign, more sweet, the bated breath, -
Diffusive wafted from Britannia's Isle
That calls her children from the sickle death,
To her own vales, that cloth'd with pleasure smile.

'Twas he that bids the rage of battle cease:
In her deep wound the healing pour'd;
And with the breath of everlasting peace
Hush'd the wild waves of discord as they roar’d.