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John Cennick

John Cennick
Short Name: John Cennick
Full Name: Cennick, John, 1718-1755
Birth Year (est.): 1718
Death Year: 1755

John Cennick was born at Reading, Berkshire, in the year 1717. He became acquainted with Wesley and Whitefield, and preached in the Methodist connection. On the separation of Wesley and Whitefield he joined the latter. In 1745, he attached himself to the Moravians, and made a tour in Germany to fully acquaint himself with the Moravian doctrines. He afterwards ministered in Dublin, and in the north of Ireland. He died in London, in 1755, and was buried in the Moravian Cemetery, Chelsea. He was the author of many hymns, some of which are to be found in every collection.

--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.


Cennick, John, a prolific and successful hymnwriter, was descended from a family of Quakers, but brought up in the Church of England. He assisted J. Wesley and then G. Whitefield in their labours for a time, and then passed over to, and died as a minister of, the Moravian Church. Born at Reading, Dec. 12, 1718, he was for some time a land surveyor at Reading, but becoming acquainted with the Wesleys in 1739, he was appointed by J. Wesley as a teacher of a school for colliers' children at Kingswood in the following year. This was followed by his becoming a lay preacher, but in 1740 he parted from the Wesleys on doctrinal grounds. He assisted Whitefield until 1745, when he joined the Mora¬vians, and was ordained deacon, in London, in 1749. His duties led him twice to Germany and also to the North of Ireland. He died in London, July 4, 1755. In addition to a few prose works, and some sermons, he published:— (1) Sacred Hymns, for the Children of God in the Days of their Pilgrimage, Lond., J. Lewis, n.d. (2nd ed. Lond., B. Milles, 1741), Pts. ii., iii., 1742; (2) Sacred Hymns for the Use of Religious Societies, &c, Bristol, F. Farley, 1743; (3) A Collection of Sacred Hymns, &c, Dublin, S. Powell, 3rd ed., 1749; (4) Hymns to the honour of Jesus Christ, composed for such Little Children as desire to be saved. Dublin, S. Powell, 1754. Additional hymns from his manuscripts were published by his son-in-law, the Rev. J. Swertner, in the Moravian Hymn Book, 1789, of which he was the editor. There are also 16 of his hymns in his Sermons, 2 vols., 1753-4, some being old hymns rewritten, and others new.
Many of Cennick's hymns are widely known, as, "Lo, He cometh, countless trumpets;" “Brethren, let us join to bless;" "Jesus, my all, to heaven is gone;" "Children of the heavenly King;" "Ere I sleep, for every favour;" "We sing to Thee, Thou Son of God;" and the Graces: " Be present at our table, Lord;" and "We thank Thee, Lord;" &c. Some of the stanzas of his hymns are very fine, but the hymns taken as a whole are most unequal. Some excellent centos might be compiled from his various works. His religious experiences were given as a preface to his Sacred Hymns, 1741. In addition to the hymns named, and others annotated under their first lines, the following are in common use:—
1. Be with me [us] Lord, where'er I [we] go. Divine Protection. [1741.]
2. Cast thy burden on the Lord. Submission. [1743.]
3. Not unto us, but Thee alone. Praise to Jesus. [1743.]
4. Thou dear Redeemer, dying Lamb. Priesthood of Christ. [1743.]
5. We sing to Thee, Thou Son of God. Praise to Jesus. [1743.]
6. When, 0 dear Jesus, when shall I? Sunday Evening. [1743.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Texts by John Cennick (102)sort descendingAsInstances
يا بني المولى السماويJohn Cennick (Author)1
سوف يأتي في سحابJohn Cennick (Author)1
A good High Priest is comeJohn Cennick (Author)16
A nuestra mesa ven, SeñorJohn Cennick, 1718-1755 (Author)2
Ah me I'm never well but whenJohn Cennick (Author)1
Am I called, and can it beJohn Cennick (Author)1
Answer thine own Bride and SpiritJohn Cennick (Author)3
Awake and blow, thou purest windJohn Cennick (Author)2
Be present at our table, LordJohn Cennick (Author)47
Be with me, Lord, where'er I goJohn Cennick (Author)57
Blest is the dear, uniting loveJohn Cennick (Author)7
Brethren let us join to blessJohn Cennick (Author)13
Cast thy burden on the Lord, Only lean upon His wordRev. John Cennick, 1718-1755 (Author)5
Cast thy burdens on the Lord, Leave them with thy SaviorCennick (Author)2
Children of the heavenly King, As we journey, sweetly singJohn Cennick (Author)808
Christ is our Master, Lord and GodRev. John Cennick, 1718-1755 (Author)4
Christians, dismiss your fearJohn Cennick, 1718-55 (Author)5
Come Holy Spirit, heavenly guestJohn Cennick (Author)1
Come, my soul, before the LambCennick (Author)4
Come, thou Fount of every blessingJohn Cennick (Author)1
Come, ye sinners, poor and needyCennick (Author)1
Con las nubes viene CristoJohn Cennick (Author)2
Dear Savior, we bless thee that Thou wast a childJohn Cennick (Author)5
En esta mesa, buen SeñorJohn Cennick (Author)2
PrayersJohn Cenick (Author)2
Ere I sleep, for every favorJohn Cennick (Author)53
Fear not, brethren, joyful standJohn Cennick (Author)2
Go, follow the SaviorJohn Cennick (Author)4
God of the prophets' powerJohn Cennick (Author)15
Great God, we praise Thy gracious careJ. Cennick, 1718-55 (Author)8
Hail, Alpha and Omega, hail! Thou Author of our faithJohn Cennick (Author)19
Hail, Alpha and Omega, hail, Thou great beginning, glorious endJohn Cennick (Author)1
Hail, church of Christ, bought with his bloodJohn Cennick (Author)9
Happy the children who are goneJohn Cennick (Author)12
Hijos del celeste ReyJohn Cennick, 1718-1755 (Author)6
Ho ye despairing sinners hearCennick (Author)5
Holy Ghost, anointing DoveJohn Cennick (Author)2
Hosanna to the living Lord!John Cennick (Author)1
How beautiful upon the hillsJohn Cennick (Author)2
How heart-affecting Christ to seeJohn Cennick (Author)5
How many years has man been drivenJohn Cennick (Author)18
How sad and awful is my stateJohn Cennick (Author)22
I ask not for honor, pomp or praiseJohn Cennick (Author)5
I kneel in spirit at my Savior's crossJohn Cennick (Author)4
I love the Lord, who died for meJohn Cennick, 1718-1755 (Author)15
I want, dear Lord, my wants to knowCennick (Author)2
I will a little pilgrim beJohn Cennick (Author)11
I would a youthful pilgrim beJohn Cennick (Author)9
Ṡicapi kiŋ nipi kta eJohn Cennick (Author)1
Jesus, my all, to heaven is goneJohn Cennick (Author)519
Jesus, thou art my salvationJohn Cennick (Author)4
Lamb of God belovedRev. Rev. John Cennick, 1718-1755, 1718-1775 (Author)1
Lamb of God, my SaviorJohn Cennick (Author)4
Let us, the sheep by Jesus namedJohn Cennick (Author)6
Lo glad I come and thou blest lambJohn Cennick (Author)2
Lo he comes the archangel's trumpet wakes to lifeJohn Cennick (Author)3
Lo! he comes, with clouds descending! Hark! the trump of God is blownJohn Cennick (Author)1
Lo he comes from heaven descending sent to judgeJohn Cennick (Author)3
Lo! He comes with clouds descending, Once for guilty sinners slainJohn Cennick (Author (st. 3-4))112
Lo! he cometh! countless trumpetsCennick (Author)23
Lord, at thy feet I prostrate fallJohn Cennick (Author)24
Lord Jesus, we bless thee that thou wast aJohn Cennick (Author)4
Lord, obediently we'll goJohn Cennick (Author)2
No farther go tonight, but stayCennick (Author)7
Not unto us but thee aloneCennick (Author)23
O how I have longed to go and seeJohn Cennick (Author)4
O if the Lamb had not been slainJohn Cennick (Author)6
O my Lord, what shall I renderJ. Cennick (Author)2
O sole Redeemer, living TruthJohn Cennick (Author)3
O thou who on earth didst the children receiveJohn Cennick, 1718-55 (Author)3
Our Savior alone, the Lord let us blessJohn Cennick (Author)15
Por el sustento que nos dasJohn Cennick, 1718-1755 (Author)2
Preist den Herren Jesus Christus, HallelujaJohn Cennick (Author)2
Rise, my soul, adore thy MakerRev. John Cennick, 1718-1755 (Author)9
Rise, my soul, and stretch thy wingsCennick (Author)16
Sacred name of JesusJohn Cennick (Author)3
Savior and regeneratorJohn Cennick, 1718-1755 (Author)1
Servants of the heavenly King, as we journeyJohn Cennick (Author)2
Six thousand years are nearly passedJohn Cennick (Author)4
Sometimes a light surprisesCennick (Author)2
Son of God, to thee we bowJohn Cennick (Author)4
The child sweetly restsJohn Cennick (Author)5
The doctrine of our dying LordJohn Cennick (Author)5
The holy Child, JesusJohn Cennick (Author)4
The way the holy prophets wentJohn Cennick (Author)2
Then will I tell to sinners round What a dear Savior I have foundJohn Cennick (Author)5
This is the way I long have sought And mournedJohn Cennick (Author)4
Thou blest Redeemer, dying LambCennick (Author)9
Thou dear Redeemer, dying LambCennick (Author)164
Thou great Redeemer, dying LambJohn Cennick (Author)8
Though but a little child I amJohn Cennick (Author)7
Though I'm in body full of painJohn Cennick (Author)5
Today God bids the faithful restJohn Cennick (Author)7
Together with these symbols, LordJohn Cennick (Author)27
Ved del cielo descendiendoJohn Cennick, 1718-1755 (Author)3
Wayfaring men and sojournersCennick (Author)3
We sing to thee, thou Son of GodJohn Cennick (Author)10
We thank thee, Lord, for this our food, For life, and health and every goodJohn Cennick (Author)9
What, my soul, should bow thee downJohn Cennick (Author)8
When Christ, our Savior, did ascendJohn Cennick (Author)4
When, dearest Savior, when shall IJohn Cennick (Author)8
When, O dear Jesus, when shall ICennick (Author)56

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