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George Matheson

George Matheson
Short Name: George Matheson
Full Name: Matheson, George, 1842-1906
Birth Year: 1842
Death Year: 1906

Matheson, George, D.D., was born at Glasgow, March 27, 1842, and although deprived of his eyesight in youth he passed a brilliant course at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated M.A. in 1862. In 1868 he became the parish minister at Innellan; and subsequently of St. Bernard's, Edinburgh. He was the Baird Lecturer in 1881, and St. Giles Lecturer in 1882. He has published several important prose works. His poetical pieces were collected and published in 1890 as Sacred Songs, Edinburgh: W. Blackwood. In addition to his hymn "O Love that wilt not let me go" (q. v.), four others from his Sacred Songs are in Dr. A. C. Murphey's Book of Common Song, Belfast, 1890.

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


Matheson, G., p. 1579, i. In addition to Dr. Matheson's hymn, "O Love, that wilt not let me go," p. 1583, i,, the following from his Sacred Songs, 1890, have come into common use since 1892:—
1. Come, let us raise a common song. Brotherhood.
2. Father divine, I come to Thee. Strength for Life. This, in Horder's Worship Song, 1905, is altered to”Saviour divine, I come to Thee."
3. Gather us in, Thou Love that fillest all. One in Christ.
4. Jesus, Fountain of my days. Christian's Polestar.
5. Lend me, O Lord, Thy softening cloud. The Fire and the Cloud. In the Sunday Magazine, 1875.
6. Lord, Thou hast all my frailty made. Strength for the Day.
7. Make me a captive, Lord. Christian Freedom.
8. There are coming changes great. The Glad New Time.
9. Three doors there are in the temple. Prayer.
Dr. Matheson informed us that these hymns, together with the rest of his Sacred Songs, 1890, were written at Bow, Dumbartonshire, in 1890. The 3rd ed. of the Sacred Songs was published in 1904. He died suddenly at Avenelle, North Berwick, Aug. 28, 1906.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

Wikipedia Biography

Born in Glasgow, to George Matheson, a merchant and Jane Matheson (a second cousin), he was the eldest of eight. He was educated at Glasgow Academy and the University of Glasgow, where he graduated first in classics, logic and philosophy. In his twentieth year he became totally blind, but he held to his resolve to enter the ministry, and gave himself to theological and historical study. In 1879 the University of Edinburgh conferred upon him the honorary degree of D.D.. In 1890, he became a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, upon the proposal of Sir William Thomson, Robert Flint, Hugh Macmillan and James Lindsay. He died suddenly of apoplexy (stroke) on the 28th of August 1906 in Edinburgh and is buried in the Glasgow Necropolis. He never married.

Texts by George Matheson (25)sort descendingAsInstances
يا أيها الحب السنيGeorge Matheson (Author)1
يا كوكب الحب العجيبGeorge Matheson (Author)1
Amor, que por amor descesteGeorge Matheson (Author)2
Cautívame, Señor y libre en ti seréGeorge Matheson (Author)3
Come, let us raise a common songGeorge Matheson (Author)4
Father divine, I come to TheeGeorge Matheson (Author)3
Father, when first I pray to theeGeorge Matheson (Author)2
Gather us in, thou love that fillest allGeorge Matheson (Author)36
Ho Am', tenanta min konstante!George Matheson (Author)1
Jesus, fountain of my daysGeorge Matheson (Author)7
Ke aloha i ho'oku'u ole ia'uGeorge Matheson, 1842-1906 (Author)3
Let all mortal flesh keep silenceG. M. (Author)1
Lights in the upper dwellingGeorge Matheson (Author)2
Lord, thou hast all my fraility madeGeorge Matheson (Author)2
Make me a captive, LordGeorge Matheson (Author)96
Maker, in whom we liveGeorge Matheson (Author (C))1
¡Oh, Amor que no me dejarás!George Matheson (Author)6
O Liebe, die mich ganz umschliesstGeorge Matheson (Author)2
O Lord, how happy is the timeG. Matheson (Author)1
O Love that wilt not let me goGeorge Matheson (Author)567
你這不肯放我的愛 (Nǐ zhè bù kěn fàng wǒ de ài)George Matheson (Author)2
Seigneur, à ton regard de flammeGeorge Matheson (1842-1906) (Author)2
Take my burdened heartGeorge Matheson (Author)2
There are coming changes greatGeorge Matheson (Author)20
Three doors there are to the templeGeorge Matheson (Author)2

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