Martin Madan

Martin Madan
Short Name: Martin Madan
Full Name: Madan, Martin, 1726-1790
Birth Year: 1726
Death Year: 1790

Madan, Martin, son of Colonel Martin Madan, and brother of Dr. Spencer Madan, sometime Bishop of Peterborough, was born in 1726. He was to have qualified for the Bar, but through a sermon by J. Wesley on the words "Prepare to meet thy God," the whole current of his life was changed. After some difficulty he received Holy Orders, and subsequently founded and became chaplain of the Lock Hospital, Hyde Park Corner. He was popular as a preacher, and had no inconsiderable reputation as a musical composer. He ceased preaching on the publication of his work Thelyphthora, in which he advocated the practice of polygamy. He died in 1790. He published A Commentary on the Articles of the Church of England; A Treatise on the Christian Faith, &c, and:—
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns Extracted from Various Authors, and published by the Reverend Mr. Madan. London, 1760.
This Collection contained 170 hymns thrown together without order or system of any kind. In 1763 he added an Appendix of 24 hymns. This Collection, referred to as Madam’s Psalms & Hymns, had for many years a most powerful influence on the hymnody of the Church of England. Nearly the whole of its contents, together with its extensively altered texts, were reprinted in numerous hymnbooks for nearly one hundred years. At the present time many of the great hymns of the last century are in use as altered by him in 1760 and 1763. Although several hymns have been attributed to him, we have no evidence that he ever wrote one. His hymnological labours were employed in altering, piecing, and expanding the work of others. And in this he was most successful.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Texts by Martin Madan (19)sort iconAsInstances
Awake, and sing the songMartin Madan (Alterer)21
Come, let us all unite to praiseMartin Madan (Author)32
Come, Thou Almighty King, Help us Thy name to singMadan (Author)5
Come, thou Fount of every blessingMartin Madan (Author)1
Come, thou long expected Jesus! Born to set thy people freeMadan (Author)1
From out the hideous nightM. M., alt. (Author)1
Hail the day that sees Him riseMadan (Author)6
Hail, Thou once-despised Jesus!Martin Madan (Alterer)18
Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the new-born KingM. Madan (Alterer)26
He dies! the friend of sinners dies!Martin Madan (Author)3
Kuwapi ye, Jesus Christ edMartin Madan (Author)1
Lift up your heads in joyful hopeMartin Madan (Author)1
Lo he comes from heaven descending sent to judgeMadan (Author)1
Lo! He comes with clouds descending, Once for guilty sinners slainMartin Madan (Alterer)68
Lord, if Thou Thy grace impartMadan (Author)1
Lord, we come before thee nowMartin Madan (Alterer (centoizer))2
Now begins the heavenly themeMartin Madan (Author)14
Now begin the heavenly theme, Sing aloud in Jesus' nameMartin Madan (Author)6
'Twas when the sea [seas], with awful [horrid] roarMadan (Author)1

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