Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson
Short Name: Samuel Johnson
Full Name: Johnson, Samuel, 1822-1882
Birth Year: 1822
Death Year: 1882

Johnson, Samuel, M.A, was born at Salem, Massachusetts, Oct. 10, 1822, and educated at Harvard, where he graduated in Arts in 1842, and in Theology in 1846. In 1853 he formed a Free Church in Lynn, Massachusetts, and remained its pastor to 1870. Although never directly connected with any religious denomination, he was mainly associated in the public mind with the Unitarians. He was joint editor with S. Longfellow (q. v.) of A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion, Boston, 1846; the Supplement to the same, 1848; and Hymns of the Spirit, 1864. His contributions to these collections were less numerous than those by S. Longfellow, but not less meritorious. He died at North Andover, Massachusetts, Feb. 19, 1882. His hymns were thus contributed:—

i. To A Book of Hymns, 1846.
1. Father [Saviour] in Thy mysterious presence kneeling. Divine Worship.
2. Go, preach the gospel in my name. Ordination.
3. Lord, once our faith in man no fear could move. In Time of War.
4. O God, Thy children gathered here. Ordination.
5. Onward, Christians, [onward] through the region. Conflict. In the Hymns of the Spirit, 1864, it was altered to "Onward, onward through the region."
6. Thy servants' sandals, Lord, are wet. Ordination.
7. When from Jordan's gleaming wave. Holy Baptism.

ii. To the Supplement, 1848.
8. God of the earnest heart. Trust.

iii. To the Hymns of the Spirit, 1864.
9. City of God, how broad, how far. The Church the City of God.
10. I bless Thee, Lord, for sorrows sent. Affliction— Perfect through suffering.
11. Life of Ages, richly poured. Inspiration.
12. Strong-souled Reformer, Whose far-seeing faith. Power of Jesus.
13. The Will Divine that woke a waiting time. St. Paul.
14. Thou Whose glad summer yields. Prayer for the Church.
15. To light that shines in stars and souls. Dedication of a Place of Worship.
Of these hymns No. 8 was "Written for the Graduating Exercises of the Class of 1846; in Cambridge Divinity Schools ; and No. 10 “Written at the request of Dorothea L. Dix for a collection made by her for the use of an asylum." It is undated. A few only of these hymns are in use in Great Britain. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Texts by Samuel Johnson (19)sort iconAsInstances
By the thorn road, and none otherS. Johnson (Author)2
Christ Toyaŋke kiŋ taŋkaḣcaSamuel Johnson (Author)1
City of God, how broad and farSamuel Johnson (Author)137
Father, in thy most holy presenceSamuel Johnson (Author)1
Father, in thy mysterious presence kneelingSamuel Johnson (Author)110
Go, preach the gospel in my nameSamuel Johnson (Author)1
God of the earnest heartSamuel Johnson (Author)40
Grant thou thy servants, LordSamuel Johnson (Author)3
I bless thee, Lord, for sorrows sentSamuel Johnson (Author)9
I praise thee, Lord, for blessings sentSamuel Johnson (Author)2
Life of ages, richly pouredSamuel Johnson, 1822-1882 (Author)83
Lord, once our faith in man no fear could moveSamuel Johnson (Author)3
O thou whose power o'er moving worlds presidesDr. Johnson (Author)13
Onward, Christian! though the regionS. Johnson (Author)86
Strong souled Reformer, whose far seeing faithRev. S. Johnson (Author)3
The will divine that woke a waiting timeSamuel Johnson (Author)3
Thou, whose glad summer yieldsSamuel Johnson (Author)4
Thy servant's sandals, Lord are wetSamuel Johnson (Author)1
To light, that shines in stars and soulsSamuel Johnson (Author)3

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