|Short Name:||John Leland|
|Full Name:||Leland, John, 1754-1841|
Leland, John, an American Baptist minister, was born at Grafton, Massachusetts, on May 15th, 1754, and began to preach at the age of 20. From 1776 to 1790 he was in Virginia, and thereafter in Massachusetts, mostly at Cheshire. He died Jan. 14, 1841. His Sermons, Addresses, Essays and Autobiography were published by his niece, Miss L. F. Greene, at Lanesboro, Massachusetts, in 1845. His influence seems to have been equalled by his peculiarities. We hear of his "restless activity and roving disposition"; his "mad devotion to politics," wherein he had much local and temporary weight; his "ready wit and endless eccentricities;" as also of his high character. Of the hymns which have been ascribed to him, some on doubtful authority, the following are the most important:—
1. The day is past and gone, The evening, &c. Evening. This is in universal American use, and Leland's claim to the authorship has never been disputed, although it is supported by no known particulars. It was first made widely known by the invaluable Hartford Selection (Congregational) of 1799. Its first appearance, so far as known, was in Philomela, or, A Selection of Spiritual Songs, by George Roberts, Petersburg,1792, No. 82.
2. 0 when shall I see Jesus! The Christian Race. This vigorous lyric is ascribed by Dr. Hitchcock, in Hymns and Songs of Praise, 1874, to Leland. It has generally been regarded as anonymous, and is of uncertain date, cir. 1807, or probably earlier.
3. Christians, if your hearts are warm. Holy Baptism. Adult. The only hymn by Leland which can be authenticated by date and circumstances is this familiar doggerel:— "Christians, if your hearts are warm, Ice and snow can do no harm."
Dr. Belcher says, in his Historical Sketches of Hymns, &c, 1859, that it was written for one of Leland's large baptisms in Virginia, 1779.
[Rev. Frank M. Bird, M.A.]
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Texts by John Leland (21)||As||Instances|
|And are we yet alive||Leland (Author)||1|
|Aŋpetu kud ya ce||John Leland (Author)||1|
|Brethren I am come again||J. Leland (Author)||4|
|Brethren, we have met again||John Leland (Author)||14|
|But now I am a soldier||John Leland (Author)||2|
|Christian, see the orient morning||Leland (Author)||2|
|Christians, if your hearts be warm||John Leland (Author)||40|
|Come and taste along with me, Consolations running free||John Leland (Author)||60|
|Come old [and] come young, and hear me relate||John Leland (Author)||2|
|Come saints and sinners, now behold||John Leland (Author)||7|
|I set myself against the Lord||John Leland (Author)||21|
|Lord, keep us safe this night||John Leland (Author)||8|
|Now the Savior stands a pleading||John Leland (Author)||93|
|Now the Savior's kindly pleading||John Leland (Author)||2|
|O what stupendous mercy shines||John Leland (Author)||1|
|O when shall I see Jesus, And dwell with him above||John Leland, early 19th C. (Author)||280|
|That glorious day is drawing nigh||John Leland (Author)||67|
|The day is gone—my soul looks on||John Leland (Author)||1|
|The day is past and gone, The evening shades appear||John Leland (Author)||385|
|Wandering pilgrims, mourning Christians||J. Leland (Author)||49|
|When I hear the pleasing sound||John Leland (Author)||1|