22/02/2007

Cyberhymnal Entry

The excellent hymntime site takes notice of Benjamin Beddome here. They list 76 of his hymns by title, 10 of which are available at the site. They say of Beddome:
Born: Jan­u­a­ry 23, 1717, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, Eng­land.
Died: Sep­tem­ber 23, 1795, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, Eng­land.
Buried: Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, Eng­land.
Son of Bap­tist min­is­ter John Bed­dome, Benjamin was ap­pren­ticed to a sur­geon in Bris­tol, but moved to Lon­don in 1739 and joined the Bap­tist church in Pres­cott Street. At the call of his church, he de­vot­ed him­self to the work of Christ­ian min­is­try, and in 1740 be­gan to preach at Bour­ton-on-the-Wa­ter, Glou­ces­ter­shire. For ma­ny years he was one of the most re­spect­ed Baptist min­is­ters in west­ern Eng­land. He was al­so a man of some lit­er­ary cul­ture. In 1752, he wrote A Scrip­tur­al Ex­po­si­tion of the Bap­tist Cat­e­chism, by Way of Quest­ion and An­swer. In 1770, Beddome re­ceived a MA de­gree from Prov­i­dence Coll­ege, Rhode Is­land.
It was Bed­dome’s prac­tice to write a hymn week­ly for use af­ter his Sun­day morn­ing ser­mon. Though not orig­in­al­ly in­tend­ed for pub­li­ca­tion, he al­lowed 13 of these to ap­pear in the Bris­tol Bap­tist Col­lect­ion of Ash and Ev­ans (1769), and 36 in Rippon's Se­lect­ions (1787). In 1817, a posthu­mous col­lect­ion of his hymns was pub­lished, in Hymns Adapted to Pub­lic Wor­ship or Family Devotion, con­tain­ing 830 piec­es.
Rob­ert Hall wrote of Bed­dome’s hymns:
The man of taste will be gra­ti­fied with the beau­ty and orig­in­al turns of thought which ma­ny of them ex­hi­bit, while the ex­per­i­ment­al Christ­ian will of­ten per­ceive the most se­cret move­ments of his soul strik­ing­ly delineated, and sen­ti­ments pour­trayed which will find their echo in ev­e­ry heart.

It is this piece that is reproduced at Wikipedia.

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