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

Rev Dr George Matheson DD FRSE (27 March 1842 – 28 August 1906) was a Scottish minister and hymn writer. He was blind from his youth.

Texts by George Matheson (28)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
你這不肯放我的愛 (Nǐ zhè bù kěn fàng wǒ de ài)George Matheson (Author)Chinese2
求主把我捆綁 (Qiú zhǔ bǎ wǒ kǔnbǎng)George Matheson (Author)Chinese2
يا أيها الحب السنيGeorge Matheson (Author)Arabic1
يا كوكب الحب العجيبGeorge Matheson (Author)Arabic1
Amor, que por amor descesteGeorge Matheson (Author)Portuguese1
Cautívame, SeñorGeorge Matheson (Author)Spanish5
Come, let us raise a common songGeorge Matheson (Author)4
Father divine, I come to TheeGeorge Matheson, 1842-1906 (Author)English3
Father, when first I pray to theeGeorge Matheson (Author)2
Gather us in, thou love that fillest allGeorge Matheson (Author)37
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)Hawaiian3
Let all mortal flesh keep silenceG. M. (Author)English1
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)English103
Maker, in whom we liveGeorge Matheson (Author (C))1
O Ayat mañgigawid caniacGeorge Matheson (Author)Tagalog2
O Liebe, die mich ganz umschliesstGeorge Matheson (Author)2
O Liebe, die nicht lässet michGeorge Matheson (Author)German2
O Lord, how happy is the timeG. Matheson (Author)1
O Love that wilt not let me goGeorge Matheson (Author)English594
¡Oh, Amor que no me dejarás!George Matheson (Author)Spanish10
Seigneur, à ton regard de flammeGeorge Matheson (1842-1906) (Author)French2
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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