J. Hart

Short Name: J. Hart
Full Name: Hart, J. (Joseph), 1712-1768
Birth Year: 1712
Death Year: 1768

Hart, Joseph, was born in London in 1712. His early life is involved in obscurity. His education was fairly good; and from the testimony of his brother-in-law, and successor in the ministry in Jewin Street, the Rev. John Hughes, "his civil calling was" for some time "that of a teacher of the learned languages." His early life, according to his own Experience which he prefaced to his Hymns, was a curious mixture of loose conduct, serious conviction of sin, and endeavours after amendment of life, and not until Whitsuntide, 1757, did he realize a permanent change, which was brought about mainly through his attending divine service at the Moravian Chapel, in Fetter Lane, London, and hearing a sermon on Rev. iii. 10. During the next two years many of his most earnest and impassioned hymns were written. These appeared as:—

Hymns composed on Various Subjects, with the Author's Experience, London, 1759. During this year he became the Minister of the Independent Chapel, Jewin Street, London. In 1762 he added a Supplement to his Hymns; and in 1765 an Appendix. In modern editions of his Hymns these three are embodied in one volume as:— Hymns composed on Various Subjects: With the Author's Experience, The Supplement and Appendix. By the Rev. Joseph Hart, late Minister of the Gospel in Jewin Street, London. Allott & Co. [no date].

Hart died on May 24, 1768. At one time his hymns were widely used, especially by Calvinistic Nonconformists. Many of them are of merit, and are marked by great earnestness, and passionate love of the Redeemer. The best known are: “Come, Holy Spirit, come"; “Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched"; "This God is the God we adore"; and "Lord, look on all assembled here." Those which are more limited in their use include:—
i. From his Hymns, &c, 1759.
1. Descend from heaven, celestial Dove. Whitsuntide. No. 6, in 6 stanzas of 6 lines. In Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory., 1872, No. 374, st. iv., v. are omitted. It is in extensive use in America.
2. Great High Priest, we view Thee stooping. High Priesthood of Christ. No. 56, pt. ii., in 3 stanzas of 8 lines. In Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, No. 236; Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872, No. 435, &c.
8. How wondrous are the works of God. Redeeming Love. No. 21, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines. In the Scottish Evangelical Union Hymnal, 1878, st. i.-iv. are given as No. 11.
4. If ever it could come to pass. Final Perseverance. No. 58, in 3 stanzas of 6 lines. Repeated in Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, No. 729.
6. Jesus is our God and Saviour . Faith and Repentance. No. 54, in 7 stanzas of 8 lines. In Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, No. 146, st. iv. is omitted. In the London Hymn Book (enlarged), 1879, st. iii. and v. are given as "Nothing but Thy blood, 0 Jesus."
6. Jesus, while He dwelt below. Gethsemane. No. 75, in 23 stanzas of 6 lines. In Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, No. 230, sixteen stanzas are broken up into three parts: (i.) "Jesus, while He dwelt below"; (ii.) "Full of love to man's lost race"; (iii.) "There my God bore all my guilt." A cento is also given in Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872, No. 441, as "Many woes had Christ [He] endured." It is composed of st. viii., ix., xiii., xx., xxiii., slightly altered. In the Scottish Evangelical Union Hymnal, 1878, No. 34, 8 stanzas are given in two parts: pt. i. as, "Jesus, while He dwelt below"; pt. ii. "Eden from each flowery bed."
7. Lamb of God, we fall before Thee. Christ All in All. No. 17 in 4 stanzas of 8 lines. It is in various collections, and as altered in Kennedy , 1863, No. 1171, is much improved.
8. Let us all with grateful praises. Christmas. No. 14 in 7 stanzas of 8 lines. In Spurgeon's 0ur Own Hymn Book, 1866, it is reduced to 4 stanzas of 4 lines.
9. Lord, look on all assembled here. For a Public Fast. No. 96, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines. It is in several of the older hymnbooks.
10. Lord, we lie before Thy feet. Lent. No. 74, in 6 stanzas of 6 lines, and based on 2 Chron. xx. 20. In Spurgeon's 0ur Own Hymn Book, 1866, stanza i., iii., vi. are given as No. 585.
11. Mercy is welcome news indeed. God's Mercy in pardoning Sin. No. 51, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, on St. Luke vii. 42. In Spurgeon, 1866, No. 544.
12. Much we talk of Jesu's blood. Passiontide. No. 41, in 4 st. of 8 lines, on Lam. i. 12. In Spurgeon, 1866, it is abridged to 4 stanzas of 4 lines.
13. Bow from the garden to the cross. Good Friday. No. 63, in 9 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "The Crucifixion." In Spurgeon, 1866, No. 274, st. ii.-v., vi.-ix. are given as "See how the patient Jesus stands."
14. The Fountain of Christ Assist me to sing. The Fountain. No. 86, in 8 stanzas of 8 lines on Zech. xiii. 1. In Spurgeon, 1866, st. i., v., vii., viii., are given as No. 375.
15. The moon and stars shall lose their light. Advent. No. 48, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, on St. Matt. xxiv. 35. In Spurgeon, 1866.
16. The sinner that truly believes. Saving Faith. No. 88, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "Saving Faith" In Spurgeon, 1866, No. 533, st. ii. is omitted, and the opening line is altered to "The moment a sinner believes."
ii. From his Supplement, 1762.
17. Behold what awful pomp. Advent. No. 52, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines. It is usually abridged as in the American Methodist Episcopal Hymns, 1849, No. 1107.
18. Christ is the Eternal Rock. The Offices of Christ. No. 27, in 6 stanzas of 8 lines. In Windle's Metrical Psalter & Hymnal, 1862, stanzas i., ii., v. are given as No. 53.
19. Christians, dismiss your fear. Easter. No. 33, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines into Dr. Alexander's Augustine Hymn Book, 1849, No. 79, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines.
20. Dismiss us with Thy blessing, Lord. Close of Service. No. 78, in 2 stanzas of 4 lines. In a few collections.
21. Gird thy loins up, Christian soldier. The Christian Armour . No. 29, in 5 stanzas of 8 lines, on Eph. vi. 11. Found in several of the older, and a few of the modern collections.
22. Glory to God on high, Our peace, &c. Holy Communion. No. 3, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. In Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872, No. 704, st. v., vi. are omitted.
23. Holy Ghost, inspire our praises. On behalf of Ministers. No. 77, in 5 stanzas of 8 lines. In the Scottish Evangelical Union Hymnal, 1878, No. 412, st. iii.-v. are given as, "Happy soul that hears and follows."
24. Jesus once for sinners slain. Holy Communion. No. 18, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. In American use.
25. Lord, help us on Thy word to feed. Close of Service. No. 80, in 2 stanzas of 4 lines. In several modern hymnbooks.
26. O for a glance of heavenly day. Lent. No. 64, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. In Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872, and other American collections it is usually repeated in full. In Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833, it was given as, "Lord, shed a beam of heavenly day," and this is repeated in modern hymnbooks.
27. Once more before we part. Close of Service. No. 79, in 2 stanzas of 4 lines. Popular in Great Britain and America.
28. Once more we come before our God. Before a Sermon. No. 21, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, into Hatfield, 1872, No. 111, and others.
29. Sons of God by bless'd adoption. Burial. No. 45, in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, into Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, No. 981, as "Sons of God by blest adoption."
30. Suffering Saviour, Lamb of God . Holy Communion. No. 14, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines. In W. F. Stevenson's Hymns for Church & Home, 1873, st. iii., vii. are omitted.
31. That doleful night before His death. Holy Communion. No. 17, in 2 stanzas of 8 lines. In the Scottish Evangelical Union Hymnal, 1878, st. i. 11. 4-8, and st. ii., are given as, "To keep Thy Feast, Lord, we are met."
iii. From his Appendix, 1765.
32. Christians, in your several stations. Christian Duty. No. 7, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines. It is slightly altered in Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, No. 742, and dated 1759 in error.
33. Prayer was [is] appointed to convey. Prayer. No. 12 in 6 stanzas of 4 lines into Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, No. 542, with alterations and the omission of st. ii., v. In some American collections it begins, "Prayer is to God, the soul's sure way."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Hart, Joseph, p. 492, ii. Other hymns in common use are—
1. The blest memorials of Thy grief (1762). Holy Communion.
2. To comprehend the great Three-One (1759). Holy Trinity.
3. Vain man, thy fond pursuits forbear (1759). Death.
4. When the blest day of Pentecost (1759). Whitsuntide.

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


Texts by J. Hart (202)sort iconAsInstances
A form of words, though e'er so soundJoseph Hart (Author)4
A man there is, a real ManJoseph Hart (Author)2
Almighty Father, bless the WordJ. Hart (Author)1
And must it Lord be soJoseph Hart (Author)4
As when a child secure of harmsJoseph Hart (Author)6
As when the child secure of harmsJoseph Hart (Author)3
Awake, ye sleeping souls, awakeJoseph Hart (Author)9
Backsliding souls, return to GodJoseph Hart (Author)5
Behold a stranger at the door!Joseph (Author)1
Behold! the bright morning appearsJoseph Hart (Author)18
Behold with awful pompJoseph Hart (Author)31
Believers own they are but blindJoseph Hart (Author)10
Blessed Lord, be thou our teacherHart (Author)3
Blest God, that once in fiery tonguesJoseph Hart (Author)2
Blest spirit of truth, eternal GodJoseph Hart (Author)4
Brethren, why toil ye thus for toysJ. Hart (Author)1
Brethren, would you know your stayJoseph Hart (Author)3
Bright beams ariseJoseph Hart (Author)2
By what amazing waysJoseph Hart (Author)4
Christ is the eternal RockJoseph Hart (Author)4
Christians, dismiss your fearJoseph Hart (Author)22
Christians in your several stationsJoseph Hart (Author)3
Come, all ye chosen saints of God Joseph Hart (Author)17
Come, children ere we partJoseph Hart (Author)14
Come gracious Spirit, comeJoseph Hart (Author)4
Come, gracious Spirit, now let thy bright beamsJoseph Hart (Author)7
Come, Holy Spirit, come (Hart)Joseph Hart (Author)5
Come, Holy Spirit, come; Let thy bright beams ariseJoseph Hart (Author)362
Come, Holy Spirit, come, With energy divineJoseph Hart (Author)2
Come, my soul, and let us tryJoseph Hart (Author)26
Come, raise your thankful voiceHart (Author)3
Come, thou long expected Jesus! Born to set thy people freeJoseph Hart (Author)19
Come to Jesus, O my brothersJoseph Hart (Author)1
Come, ye backsliding sons of GodJ. Hart (Author)1
Come, ye Christians, sing the praisesJoseph Hart (Author)9
Come, ye humble sinner trainJoseph Hart (Author)3
Come ye redeemed of the LordJoseph Hart (Author)1
Come, ye sinners, drifting downwardsJoseph Hart (Author)2
Come, ye sinners, poor and needyJoseph Hart (Author (stanzas))955
Come, ye weary, heavy laden, Lost and ruined by the fallHart (Author)32
Dearest Savior, help thy servantJoseph Hart (Author)2
Deep in a cold, a joyless cellJoseph Hart (Author)2
Deep in a cold, a joyless cell A doleful gulph of gloommy careJoseph Hart (Author)2
Descend from heaven, immortal DoveJoseph Hart (Author)1
Desciende, Espíritu de amorJoseph Hart, 1712-1768 (Author)2
Deserters, to the Camp returnHart (Author)1
Deuwch, bechaduriaid tlodion (Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched)J. Hart (Author)1
Dismiss us with Thy blessing, Lord, Help us to feed upon Thy wordHart (Author)271
Do not I love thee, O my Lord?Joseph Hart (Author)1
Eternal Spirit, Source of truthRev. Joseph Hart, 1712-1768 (Author)3
Faith in Jesus can repelJ. Hart (Author)1
Faith's a convincing proofJoseph Hart (Author)3
Father, before we hence departJoseph Hart (Author)1
Father of Heav'n, we thee addressHart (Author)1
From pois'nous errors, pleasing cheatsJ. Hart (Author)1
Gird thy loins up, Christian soldierJoseph Hart (Author)11
Glory to God on high, Our peace is made with heavenJoseph Hart (Author)30
Glory to the Eternal beHart (Author)2
God is a high and holy GodJ. Hart (Author)1
Great High Priest, we view thee stoopingJoseph Hart (Author)37
Guardian of the helpless sheepJ. Hart (Author)1
Hail, thou Bridegroom bruis'd to death!J. Hart (Author)1
Happy the men who fear the LordHart (Author)2
Hear the terms that never varyJoseph Hart (Author)1
Ho ye needy come and welcomeJoseph Hart (Author)4
How blest is the season At which we appear!J. Hart (Author)1
How can ye hope, deluded soulsJoseph Hart (Author)4
How high a privilege 'tis to knowJoseph Hart (Author)4
How sore a plague is sinJoseph Hart (Author)4
How strange is the course that a Christian must steerJoseph Hart (Author)6
How time in its flight causes changesJoseph Hart (Author)2
How wondrous are the works of GodJoseph Hart (Author)7
I am, saith Christ, the WayHart (Author)37
If dust and ashes might presumeJoseph Hart (Author)4
If this be, Lord, thy way, Then who can hope to gainJoseph Hart (Author)2
In all our worst afflictionsJoseph Hart (Author)3
In vain men talk of living faithJoseph Hart (Author)19
Innumerable foes Attack the child of GodJoseph Hart (Author)24
Is then the law of God untrueJ. Hart (Author)1
Jehovah is my righteousnessJoseph Hart (Author)3
Jesus is our God and SaviorJoseph Hart (Author)3
Jesus, once for sinners slainJoseph Hart (Author)11
Jesus, our triumphant HeadJoseph Hart (Author)13
Jesus spreads his banner o'er usHart (Author)1
Jesus, when on the bloody treeJ. Hart (Author)1
Jesus, while he dwelt belowHart (Author)18
Kom, I Syndre, arme, sygeJoseph Hart (Author)2
Kom, o syndare, du armeJoseph Hart (Author)2
Kommt, ihr Suender, arm und duerftigJoseph Hart (Author)15
Kommt, ihr Sünder, arm und elend Joseph Hart (Author)4
Kommt, ihr Sünder, schwer beladenJoseph Hart (Author)2
Lamb of God, we fall before theeJoseph Hart (Author)26
Lamb of God, who once was slainJoseph Hart (Author)2
Let not conscience make you lingerJoseph Hart (Author)1
Let us all with grateful praisesJoseph Hart (Author)2
Let us ask the important questionJoseph Hart (Author)16
Lo the Redeemer leaves the tombHart (Author)3
Lord bless Thy saints assembled hereHart (Author)13
Lord, hear a restless wretch's groansJ. Hart (Author)1
Lord, help us on thy word [love] to feedJoseph Hart (Author)5
Lord, look on all assembled hereHart (Author)23
Lord, pity outcasts vile and baseJ. Hart (Author)1
Lord, send thy Spirit down On babes that long to learnJ. Hart (Author)1
Lord, shed a beam of heavenly dayJoseph Hart (Author)13
Lord, we come before thee nowHart (Author)1
Lord, we lie before thy feetJoseph Hart (Author)3
Lord, what a riddle is my soulJoseph Hart (Author)3
Lord, who can hear of all thy woeJ. Hart (Author)1
Luke warm souls, the foe grows strongerHart (Author)13
Man, bewail thy situationJ. Hart (Author)1
Many woes had Christ enduredHart (Author)27
Mercy is welcome news indeedHart (Author)12
Much we talk of Jesus' [Jesu's] bloodJoseph Hart (Author)4
My brethren, why these anxious fearsJ. Hart (Author)1
My God, my Creator, the heavens did bowJoseph Hart (Author)2
My God, when I reflectJoseph Hart (Author)2
No prophet, nor dreamer of dreamsJoseph Hart (Author)5
Nothing but thy blood, O Jesus Joseph Hart (Author)10
Now for a theme of thankful praiseJoseph Hart (Author)4
Now from the garden to the crossJoseph Hart (Author)11
Now ye needy, come and welcomeJoseph Hart (Author)2
O how strange is the courseJoseph Hart (Author)2
O pride, accursed prideJoseph Hart (Author)1
O what a narrow, narrow pathJoseph Hart (Author)5
O! what a sad and doleful nightHart (Author)6
Of all our sins is pride Hart (Author)3
O, for a glance of heavenly dayHart (Author)206
Once more before we partHart (Author)11
Once more before we part, O bless the Savior's nameJ. Hart (Author)196
Once more we come before our God Hart (Author)129
Our baptism first declaresJoseph Hart (Author)5
Perfect holiness of spirit, Saints aboveJoseph Hart (Author)2
Pity a helpless sinner, LordJoseph Hart (Author)25
Poor sinner, come, cast off thy fearJoseph Hart (Author)2
Pray says the word and never cease Hart (Author)3
Prayer is appointed to conveyHart (Author)200
Prayer is to God the soul's sure wayHart (Author)6
Repent and be baptizedHart (Author)4
Repent, ye sons of men, repentJoseph Hart (Author)6
Repentance is a gift bestowedJoseph Hart (Author)5
Revive thy work, O Lord (Hart)Joseph Hart (Author)2
Righteous are the works of GodJoseph Hart (Author)4
See from the dungeon of the deadJoseph Hart (Author)3
See how the patient Jesus StandsJoseph Hart (Author)3
Shepherd of souls, refresh and blessJoseph Hart (Author)3
Sinner, that slumberest on the brinkJoseph Hart (Author)5
Sons of God by blest adoptionJoseph Hart (Author)4
Suffering Savior, Lamb of GodJoseph Hart (Author)10
That day when Christ was crucifiedJ. Hart (Author)1
That doleful night before his deathJoseph Hart (Author)121
That solemn night before his deathJoseph Hart (Author)3
The blest memorials of thy griefJoseph Hart (Author)20
The blest memorials of thy loveJoseph Hart (Author)2
The devil can self denial useJoseph Hart (Author)3
The fountain of Christ, Assist me to singHart (Author)27
The fountain of Christ with pleasure we singHart (Author)3
The God I trust is true and justJoseph Hart (Author)2
The God, that first us choseJ. Hart (Author)1
The gospel brings tidings to each wounded soulJoseph Hart (Author)4
The king of heaven a feast has madeJ. Hart (Author)1
The law still curses those who break Hart (Author)3
The Lord ascendeth up on highJoseph Hart (Author)6
The Master hath come, and He calls us to followJoseph Hart (Author)11
The sinner that truly believesJoseph Hart (Author)57
The moon and stars whall lose their lightJoseph Hart (Author)5
The rocks can rend the earth can quakeJoseph Hart (Author)2
The sinner that by precious faithHart (Author)10
The sinner who by precious faithJoseph Hart (Author)5
The souls that would to Jesus pressHart (Author)31
The spirits of the justJoseph Hart (Author)8
The things on earth which men esteemJ. Hart (Author)1
The world opposes from withoutJoseph Hart (Author)2
This God is the God we adoreHart (Author)157
To comprehend the Three in OneJ. Hart (Author)1
To you who stand in Christ so fastJ. Hart (Author)1
See the victorious Jesus comeHart (Author)9
Vain man thy fond pursuits forbearHart (Author)162
Vain man, to boast forbearJoseph Hart (Author)4
Vinde, aflitos pecadores, cheios de tristeza e dorJoseph Hart (Author)2
Wandering till Jesus foundJoseph Hart (Author)2
We have come to the land where all sighingJoseph Hart (Author)2
What makes mistaken men afraidJoseph Hart (Author)4
What tongue can fully tellJoseph Hart (Author)3
What various ways do men inventJoseph Hart (Author)2
Whatever prompts the soul to prideJoseph Hart (Author)4
When filthy passions or unjustJ. Hart (Author)1
When is it Christians all agreeJ. Hart (Author)1
When Jesus undertookJ. Hart (Author)1
When Jesus with his mighty [matchless] loveJoseph Hart (Author)5
When the blest day of PentecostJoseph Hart (Author)5
When through the desert vast The chosen tribes were ledJoseph Hart (Author)2
When we pray, or when we singJ. Hart (Author)1
Whene'er I make some sudden stopJoseph Hart (Author)3
Whoever believes arightJ. Hart (Author)1
Wide is the gate of deathJoseph Hart (Author)3
With all the heavenly hostHart (Author)2
Ye bold blaspheming soulsJoseph Hart (Author)3
Ye children of God, in Jesus, his SonJoseph Hart (Author)2
Ye Christians, hear the joyful newsJoseph Hart (Author)2
Ye saints of God, your voices raiseHart (Author)3
Ye souls that are weak, and helpless, and poorJoseph Hart (Author)3
Ye tempted souls reflect Whose name 'tis you professJoseph Hart (Author)2

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