Hugh Bourne

Hugh Bourne
Short Name: Hugh Bourne
Full Name: Bourne, Hugh, 1772-1852
Birth Year: 1772
Death Year: 1852

Bourne, Hugh, the principal founder of the Primitive Methodist Society, and the editor of their first hymn-books, was born at Fordhays, Stoke-on-Trent, April 3, 1772. His father, Joseph Bourne, a person in humble circumstances, was a member of the Church of England, whilst his mother belonged to the Wesleyan Society. His education, for his circumstances, was fairly good; and by earnest application to study he acquired some knowledge of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. His mind was of a strongly devotional cast, and the Methodist movement of those days had such attractions for him that he joined himself thereto in 1709. The following year he went to reside near the Mow Cop Colliery, near Burslem, where he had secured an engagement. There, with two or three men of kindred spirit, he carried on a system of Prayer Meetings which culminated in a great Camp Meeting, after the American fashion, upon the Mow Cop Mountain, on Sunday, May 31st, 1807. Other camp meetings followed, but were condemned by the Wesleyan Conference later in the same year. Hugh Bourne, however, continued his evangelistic work in connection with the Wesleyan Society until June 27, 1808, when he was excommunicated, without notice or trial, by the Quarterly Meeting held at Burslem on that day. Subsequent acts of coolness and indifference on the part of the Wesleyan authorities, together with continued success in his evangelistic work, led him gradually to organize the Primitive Methodist Connexion. The decisive break occurred in 1810. From that date to his death, on the 11th Oct., 1852, Bourne gave himself to the work of extending and building up the Society of which he was practically the founder. He was the first editor of its magazine, and the first to compile a hymnal for its use.

Hugh Bourne's first effort in hymnology was the published of a very small General Collection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs for Camp Meetings, Revivals, &c. 1809. This was enlarged and improved in 1819, 1820, 1821,1822, and again in 1824. To these editions he contributed 10 hymns. In 1829 a second collection was added by him to the foregoing, to which he contributed another 20 hymns. This is the Large Hymn Book, for the Use of the Primitive Methodists. From the first collection one hymn only is still retained in common use:—"Camp-meetings with success are crown'd,” altered to “Camp-meetings God has richly own'd," also rewritten by J. Flesher as, "This meeting with Thy presence crown," in the authorised hymnal of the Connexion; and from the second collection two hymns as follows:—
1. O Righteous Father, Lord of all. Prayer for Children.
2. We have a great High Priest. H. P. of Christ.
To the Large Hymn Book 146 hymns were also contributed which bore the signatures sometimes of "H. B. & W. S." and again "W. S. & H. B." In a note we are informed that the hymns with these ascriptions were by "Hugh Bourne and Wm. Sanders, jointly." Of these the following are at present in the authorized Primitive Methodist Hymn Book, 1853, and, in common with most of the hymns in that book, are greatly mutilated, and attributed now to Wm. Sanders and again to H. Bourne, without any apparent reason:—
1. A Pharisee unwisely stood. Lent.
2. Almighty God, of love divine. Praise.
3. Assist us, O Almighty Lord. Missions.
4. Come, let us lift our heart and voice. Christmas.
5. Come, with your sore diseases. Invitation.
6. Encouraged by Thy gracious word. Prayer.
7. Great Jehovah, Sovereign Lord. Prayer.
8. Hark, the Gospel news is sounding. Invitation.
9. Jesus, my Lord, was crucified. Passiontide.
10. Jesus, Who spilt His precious blood. The Advocate.
11. Led by the God of truth and grace. Seeking Heaven.
12. Light of the Gentile race. Missions.
13. My brethren in the Lord. Altered to— Ye foll'wers of the Lord. Faithfulness.
14. My soul is now united, &c. Altered to— By faith I am united. Union with Christ.
15. Now, Lord, I on Thy truth depend. Altered to— O Lord, I on Thy truth depend. Divine Aid.
16. Now, Lord, Thy blessing we implore. D. Blessing.
17. O, heavenly Zion, rise and shine. Altered to— Arise, O Zion, rise, &c. Missions.
18. See, in the mountain of the Lord. Missions.
19. Tho' in a world of sickness. Altered to— While in this world of sickness. Confidence.
20. To Thee, great Source of light. Confidence.
21. To Thee, O God of power divine. Goodness of God.
22. We now are journeying [going] to the place. Heavenward.
23. We read in Thy most holy word. Holy Baptism.
24. Ye sleeping souls, arise. Exhortation.
In addition to these, all of which are given in the official Collection of the Primitive Methodist Society, there is also:—
25. Welcome, 0 Saviour, to my heart. Prayer— which is well known to the American hymnals.
From a literary point of view these hymns are not worthy of the position which has been accorded to them for so many years. Their simplicity is their redeeming feature.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Bourne, Hugh, p. 165. ii., Nos. 14, "My soul is now united," and 19, "Tho' in a world of sickness," appeared in theSmall Hymn Book, 1821. Another hymn by Bourne and Sanders in the Primitive Methodist Hymnal, 1887, "Behold a sinner at Thy feet" (Penitence), is compiled from hymns 493 and 118 in the P. M. Large Hymn Book, 1824.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

Wikipedia Biography

Hugh Bourne (1772–1852) along with William Clowes was the joint founder of Primitive Methodism, the largest offshoot of Wesleyan Methodism and, in the mid nineteenth century, an influential Protestant Christian movement in its own right.

Texts by Hugh Bourne (200)sort ascendingAsInstances
Ye sons and daughters of the Lord, Arise, and prophesyH. B. (Author)1
Ye sleeping souls, ariseH. B. (Author)1
Ye servants of the Lord, rejoiceH. B. (Author)1
Ye servants of the great I AMH. B. (Author)1
Without thy aid, Almighty GodH. B. (Author)1
With humble boldness we draw nighH. B. (Author)1
Why do the creatures gain my heartH. B. (Author)1
Why do I wander from my GodH. B. (Author)1
Who hath despised or contemn'dH. B. (Alterer)1
While waiting at the throne of graceH. B. (Author)2
While through the wilderness we goH. B. (Author)1
While passing through this vale of woeH. B. (Author)1
While passing through this dreary valeH. B. (Author)1
When trials scatter, Lord, the sheepH. B. (Author)1
When shall I quit this vale of woeH. B. (Author)1
When Nicodemus came by nightH. B. (Author)1
When Moses stretched forth his rodH. B. (Author)1
When Jesus Christ resign'd his breathH. B. (Author)1
When God look'd down from heaven, and sawH. B. (Author)1
When God came down on SinaiH. B. (Author)2
Welcome, O Savior, to my heartHugh Bourne (Author)26
We thy last supper can't forgetH. B. (Author)1
We read in thy most holy wordH. B. (Author)1
We now are journeying to the placeH. B. (Author)1
We now approach the table, LordH. B. (Author)2
We have a great High Priest Over the house of GodH. B. (Author)1
Unto our never-ceasing criesH. B. (Alterer)2
Unto our children, LordH. B. (Author)1
Triumphant Lord, come downH. B. (Author)1
To thee, O Lord, we prayH. B. (Author)1
To thee, O God of power divineH. B. (Author)1
To thee, great Source of lightHugh Bourne (Author)6
To thee, great God, in songs of praiseH. B. (Author)1
To him who fills th' eternal throneH. B. (Author)1
To God our daily thanks we oweH. B. (Author)1
To God I now my tribute bringH. B. (Author)1
To Christ, the everlasting KingH. B. (Author)1
Time swiftly flies, and calls awayH. B. (Author)2
Time is swiftly rolling onH. B. (Author)1
Thy sons and daughters, Lord beholdH. B. (Author)1
Thy flesh, O Lord, is meat indeedH. B. (Author)1
Though in a world of sicknessHugh Bourne (Author)4
Thou Lord, who dost in glory reignH. B. (Author)1
Thou, Lord, hast bid us always prayH. B. (Author)1
Good thou art, and good thou dostH. B. (Alterer)1
Thou God, who reignest enthroned on highHugh Bourne (Author)2
Thou call'st us, Lord, to fight for theeH. B. (Author)1
This infant, Lord, we now baptizeH. B. (Author)1
This child we now present to theeH. B. (Author)2
Thick darkness hath the world o'erspreadH. B. (Author)1
There is a heaven above to gainH. B. (Author)1
The way to glory we'll pursueH. B. (Author)1
The Saviour's love is sung aboveH. B. (Author)1
The saints of God, in ancient daysH. B. (Author)1
The Lord's into his garden comeH. B. (Author)2
The Lord, who is by angels seenH. B. (Author)1
The life we live on earth belowH. B. (Author)1
The last great day is drawing nighH. B. (Author)2
The harvest fields are whiteningHugh Bourne (Author)1
The crown is just before mine eyes!H. B. (Author)2
That happy day will shortly comeH. B. (Author)1
That happy day is drawing nearH. B. (Author)1
Supply, O Lord, our children's wantsH. B. (Author)1
Sprinkle our hearts, O Lord, this hourH. B. (Author)1
See, where the bleeding Saviour standsH. B. (Author)2
See in the mountain of the LordH. B. (Author)1
Saul, by the rulers sentH. B. (Author)1
Repentance, gracious Lord, impartH. B. (Author)1
Praise the Lord, ye sons of menH. B. (Author)1
Our parent Noah was uprightH. B. (Author)2
One thing, O Lord, do I requireH. B. (Author)1
O ye nations, hear the wordH. B. (Author)1
O ye children of the lightH. B. (Author)1
O thou, who reign'st above the skiesH. B. (Author)1
O Savior, welcome to my heartHugh Bourne (Author)12
O righteous Father, Lord of allH. B. (Author)1
O may the Lord his grace impartH. B. (Author)1
O may the Holy and the HighH. B. (Author)1
O let us never cease to prayH. B. (Author)1
O how shall I true wisdom findH. B. (Author)1
O heavenly Zion, rise and shineH. B. (Author)1
Now, O my soul, arise and shineH. B. (Author)1
Now, Lord, we fall before thy faceH. B. (Author)1
Now, Lord, thy chosen heralds blessH. B. (Author)2
Now, Lord, thy blessings we imploreH. B. (Author)1
Now, Lord, the power of sin controlH. B. (Author)1
Now, Lord, I on thy truth dependH. B. (Author)1
Now, Lord, I ask thy Spirit's aidH. B. (Author)1
Now let us raise a joyful songH. B. (Author)1
Now let us cease from mourningHugh Bourne (Author)1
Now let our eyes, by faith surveyH. B. (Author)2
Now Jesus makes his gospel knownH. B. (Author)1
Now, Jesus, in our midst appearH. B. (Author)1
Now in the power of God I riseH. B. (Alterer)1
None is like Jeshurun's GodH. B. (Alterer)1
My soul is now united to Christ, the living vineHugh Bourne (Author)22
My Savior left the realms aboveH. B. (Author)1
My brethren in the Lord, Your Christian course pursueH. B. (Author)1
Most holy Lord, we bless thy nameH. B. (Author)1
Jesus thou hast bid us prayH. B. (Alterer)2
Jesus, let thy pitying eyeH. B. (Alterer)1
Jesus, friend of sinners hearH. B. (Alterer)1
Lord, from th' oppressive power of sinH. B. (Alterer)1
Light of the Gentile raceH. B. (Author)1
Let thousands, Lord, be sent abroadH. B. (Author)1
Let eastern tribes their offerings bringH. B. (Author)1
Led by God of truth and graceH. B. (Author)1
Jesus, wipe away my tearsH. B. (Author)2
Jesus, who split his precious bloodH. B. (Author)1
Jesus, to thee in faith we bowH. B. (Author)1
Jesus, thyself on me bestowH. B. (Author)2
Jesus, thy blessing now affordH. B. (Author)2
Jesus, thou sovereign Lord, Thy grace is rich and freeH. B. (Author)2
Jesus, thou Source of light and loveH. B. (Author)2
Jesus, thou God of truth and loveH. B. (Author)1
Jesus, thou Corner StoneH. B. (Author)1
Jesus, thou bleeding LambH. B. (Author)2
Jesus, thine ear in mercy bowH. B. (Author)1
Jesus, my soul is much cast down!H. B. (Author)2
Jesus, my Shepherd, and my FriendH. B. (Author)1
Jesus my Lord was crucified H. B. (Author)1
Jesus, meet thy saints to-dayH. B. (Author)2
Jesus, behold me sore distrest H. B. (Author)1
Jehovah is a sun and shieldH. B. (Author)1
Israel had known Jehovah's powerH. B. (Author)1
In Jesus Christ, our living HeadH. B. (Author)1
In Dura's plains an image stoodH. B. (Author)1
If faithful, we shall wear the crownH. B. (Author)1
I know in thee all fulness dwellsH. B. (Alterer)2
How weak, how feeble, Lord, is manH. B. (Author)1
How short is life! How sure is death!H. B. (Author)1
How many weeks and months are fledH. B. (Author)1
His inward enemies are goneH. B. (Alterer)1
Heaven is a place of endless restH. B. (Author)2
Hark! 'tis the voice of GodH. B. (Author)1
Hark, the gospel news is soundingH. B. (Author)5
Happy are the saints above!H. B. (Author)1
Great Source of uncreated lightH. B. (Author)2
Great Sheperd of thy chosen sheepH. B. (Author)1
Great Savior of the fallen raceH. B. (Author)1
Great King of heaven and earthH. B. (Author)1
Great Jehovah, sovereign LordH. B. (Author)2
Great is the Lord on Zion's hillH. B. (Author)2
Great God of truth our hearts inspireH. B. (Author)1
Great God, it is thy fix'd decreeH. B. (Author)1
Great everlasting KingH. B. (Author)2
Fulfil, O God, thy promised wordH. B. (Author)2
Fountain of life, thy fullness shedH. B. (Author)1
Farewell, my Christian friends, farewellH. B. (Author)2
Fare ye well, ye pious bandH. B. (Author)1
Eternal triune God, Most HighH. B. (Author)1
Eternal Source of Light, ariseHugh Bourne (Author)1
Eternal Father, God of grace, Our sacrifice receiveH. B. (Author)2
Ere long, the trump of God shall soundH. B. (Author)1
Enoch, the seventh, walk'd with GodH. B. (Author)2
Enoch, by faith, with Jesus walk'dH. B. (Author)1
Encourag'd by thy gracious wordH. B. (Author)2
Direct me in thy way, O LordH. B. (Author)1
Dear brethren and sister, awhile we must partH. B. (Author)1
Days and years are rolling onH. B. (Author)1
Creation calls aloud for praiseH. B. (Author)1
Commission'd by the great I AMH. B. (Author)1
Come, ye weary sinners, come, Christ the Lord invites you homeH. B. (Author)1
Come, ye children, young and dearH. B. (Author)1
Come, with your sore diseasesHugh Bourne (Author)3
Come, view the Saviour crucifiedH. B. (Author)2
Come, Saviour, and bless usH. B. (Author)2
Come, O thou weary pilgrim's FriendH. B. (Author)2
Come, my brethren, let us tryH. B. (Author)1
Come, let us lift our heart and voiceH. B. (Author)2
Come, ye followers of the Lord, In Jesus' service joinHugh Bourne (Alterer)2
Camp meetings with thy presence crownH. B. (Author)3
Camp meetings with success are crownedHugh Bourne (Author)6
By living faith we now beholdH. B. (Author)2
By faith we view fair Canaan's coastH. B. (Author)2
By faith we humbly traceH. B. (Author)1
Brethren and sisters we must partH. B. (Author)2
Blest are the humble souls, Who are in spirit poorH. B. (Author)2
Bless us, O Lord, before we partH. B. (Author)1
Behold us dying sinners, LordH. B. (Author)2
Behold me, Savior, from aboveH. B. (Alterer)1
Behold, how happy is the manH. B. (Author)1
Behold a sinner at thy feetH. B. (Author)1
Behold, a countless multitudeH. B. (Author)2
Be present at our lovefeast, LordH. B. (Author)2
Attend, ye nations all aroundH. B. (Author)1
Attend, O Lord, they children's cryH. B. (Author)1
At times we find it hard to partH. B. (Author)1
At God's command, who made the skiesH. B. (Author)1
Assist us, O almightly LordH. B. (Author)1
As truly as I liveH. B. (Author)1
As pilgrims in this vale of woeH. B. (Author)1
Arise, O Zion, rise and shine! Thy Maker gives commandH. B. (Author)2
Almighty God of love divineH. B. (Author)1
Almighty God, in Persons threeH. B. (Author)1
Almighty Father, God of love, Ancient of endless daysH. B. (Author)2
Again in Jesus' name we meetH. B. (Author)2
Abr'ham arose at God's commandH. B. (Author)1
Abel, the shepherd, was sincereH. B. (Author)1
A Pharisee unwisely stoodH. B. (Author)1

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