Henry Allon

Henry Allon
Short Name: Henry Allon
Full Name: Allon, Henry, 1818-1892
Birth Year: 1818
Death Year: 1892

Allon, Henry, D.D., an Independent Minister, born at Welton, near Hull, October 18, 1818, and educated at Cheshunt College, Herts. In 1844 he became co-pastor with the Rev. T. Lewis of the Union Chapel, Islington, and succeeded to the sole pastorate on the death of Mr. Lewis in 1852. In 1865 Dr. Allon became co-editor with Dr. Reynolds of the British Quarterly Review, and in 1877 the sole editor of that journal. His Memoir of the Rev. J. Sherman, published in 1863, and his Sermons on The Vision of God, 1876, are well known. As a composer of hymns he is represented by one hymn only, "Low in Thine agony," a good hymn for Passiontide, contributed to his Supplemental Hymns, 1868, No. 24. His services to Hymnody, especially in the musical department, have been of value. In addition to acting as co-editor of the New Congregational Hymn Book 1859, he published Supplemental Hymns, 1868, enlarged ed. 1875; Children's Worship, 1878; and The Congregational Psalmist Hymnal, 1886. His musical compilations are the Congregational Psalmist, London, 1858, in conjunction with Dr. Gauntlett, in which his Historical Preface and Biographical Notes display considerable research and accuracy (various eds. 1868, 1875, 1883, raising the original 330 to 650 tunes); 2nd sect, of the same, Chant Book. 1860; 3rd sect, Anthems for Congregational Use, 1872; 4th. sect, Tunes for Children's Worship, 1879. These musical works, together with his essay, "The Worship of the Church," contributed to Dr. Reynolds's Ecclesia, 1870; and his most valuable lectures delivered in connection with the Y. M. C. A. in Exeter Hall;--Church Song in its Relation to Church Life, 1861-2; and Psalmody of the Reformation, 1863-4,-—have done much towards raising the musical portion of Nonconformist worship to a higher and more cultured position.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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