|Short Name:||Samuel Medley|
|Full Name:||Medley, Samuel, 1738-1799|
Medley, Samuel, born June 23, 1738, at Cheshunt, Herts, where his father kept a school. He received a good education; but not liking the business to which he was apprenticed, he entered the Royal Navy. Having been severely wounded in a battle with the French fleet off Port Lagos, in 1759, he was obliged to retire from active service. A sermon by Dr. Watts, read to him about this time, led to his conversion. He joined the Baptist Church in Eagle Street, London, then under the care of Dr. Gifford, and shortly afterwards opened a school, which for several years he conducted with great success. Having begun to preach, he received, in 1767, a call to become pastor of the Baptist church at Watford. Thence, in 1772, he removed to Byrom Street, Liverpool, where he gathered a large congregation, and for 27 years was remarkably popular and useful. After a long and painful illness he died July 17, 1799. Most of Medley's hymns were first printed on leaflets or in magazines (the Gospel Magazine being one). They appeared in book form as:—
(1) Hymns, &c. Bradford, 1785. This contains 42 hymns. (2) Hymns on Select Portions of Scripture by the Rev. Mr. Medley. 2nd ed. Bristol. W. Pine. 1785. This contains 34 hymns, and differs much from the Bradford edition both in the text and in the order of the hymns. (3) An enlargement of the same in 1787. (4) A small collection of new Hymns, London, 1794. This contains 23 hymns. (5) Hymns. The Public Worship and Private Devotion of True Christians Assisted in some thoughts in Verse; principally drawn from Select Passages of the Word of God. By Samuel Medley. London. Printed for J. Johnson. 1800. A few of his hymns are also found in a Collection for the use of All Denominations, published in London in 1782.
Medley's hymns have been very popular in his own denomination, particularly among the more Calvinistic churches. In Denham's Selections there are 48, and in J. Stevens's Selections, 30. Their charm consists less in their poetry than in the warmth and occasional pathos with which they give expression to Christian experience. In most of them also there is a refrain in the last line of each verse which is often effective. Those in common use include:—
1. Come, join ye saints, with heart and voice. (1800). Complete in Christ.
2. Death is no more among our foes. Easter.
3. Eternal Sovereign Lord of all. (1789). Praise for Providential Care.
4. Far, far beyond these lower skies. (1789). Jesus, the Forerunner.
5. Father of mercies, God of love, whose kind, &c. (1789.) New Year.
6. Great God, today Thy grace impart. Sermon.
7. Hear, gracious God! a sinner's cry. (1789). Lent.
8. In heaven the rapturous song began. Christmas.
9. Jesus, engrave it on my heart. (1789). Jesus, Needful to all.
10. Mortals, awake, with angels join. (1782). Christmas.
11. My soul, arise in joyful lays. (1789). Joy in God.
12. Now, in a song of grateful praise. Praise to Jesus. In the Gospel Magazine, June, 1776.
13. O could I speak the matchless worth. (1789.) Praise of Jesus.
14. O for a bright celestial ray. Lent.
15. O God, Thy mercy, vast and free. (1800). Dedication of Self to God.
16. O let us tell the matchless love. Praise to Jesus.
17. O what amazing words of grace. (1789). Foutain of Living Waters.
18. Saints die, and we should gently weep. (1800). Death and Burial. From his "Dearest of Names, Our Lord and King."
19. See a poor sinner, dearest Lord. Lent.
20. Sing the dear Saviour's glorious fame. (1789). Jesus the Breaker of bonds.
In 1800 a Memoir of Medley was published by his son, which is regarded by members of the family now living as authoritative. But in 1833 appeared another Memoir by Medley's daughter Sarah, to which are appended 52 hymns for use on Sacramental occasions. These she gives as her father's. But 8 of them are undoubtedly by Thos. Kelly, published by him in 1815, and reprinted in subsequent editions of his Hymns. The remainder are by Medley. Nearly all of these 52 hymns (both Medley's and Kelly's) have been altered in order to adapt them to Sacramental use. In Sarah Medley's volume, Kelly's hymns all follow one another, and three of them are in a metre which Medley apparently never used. What could have been Sarah Medley's motive in all this it is hard to divine. She is said to have been a clever, though unamiable woman, and was herself the author of a small volume of Poems published in 1807. In the Memoir she does not conceal her hatred of her brother. [Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A.]
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Texts by Samuel Medley (112)||As||Instances|
|يا نفس قومي هللي||Samuel Medley (Author)||1|
|同來頌揚無比尊貴，甘甜齊唱榮耀光輝 (Tóng lái sòngyáng wúbǐ zūnguì, gāntián qíchàng róngyào guānghuī)||Samuel Medley (Author)||2|
|All hail, thou great Immanuel||Samuel Medley (Author)||13|
|All hail, thou great Immnuel||Samuel Medley (Author)||2|
|As Jacob did in days of old||Samuel Medley (Author)||12|
|Assist my soul, my heavenly King||Samuel Medley (Author)||20|
|At the door of mercy sighing||Rev. S. Medley, 1738-1799 (Author)||1|
|Attend, my soul, and search, and see||Samuel Medley (Author)||4|
|Attend, my soul, come search and see||Samuel Medley (Author)||2|
|Attend, my soul, the sacred page||Samuel Medley (Author)||5|
|Awake, my soul, to joyful lays||Samuel Medley (Author)||761|
|Behold a sinner, gracious Lord||Samuel Medley (Author)||4|
|Blest are the souls whose sufferings show||Medley (Author)||3|
|Come, happy souls, that [who] know the Lord||Samuel Medley (Author)||11|
|Come join, ye saints, with heart and voice||Samuel Medley (Author)||26|
|Come, let us now unite to raise||Samuel Medley (Author)||3|
|Come, let us sing the praise of God||Samuel Medley (Author)||2|
|Come, praying souls, rejoice, And bless your Father's name||Medley (Author)||14|
|Come ye who know the Savior's love||Medley (Author)||14|
|Dear Lord, to us assembled here||Samuel Medley (Author)||10|
|Dearest of names, our Lord, our King||Samuel Medley (Author)||8|
|Death and the grave are doleful themes||Samuel Medley (Author)||6|
|Death is no more among our foes||Samuel Medley (Author)||2|
|Eternal Sovereign, Lord of all||Medley (Author)||11|
|Eternal Spirit, mighty Lord||Samuel Medley (Author)||3|
|Eternity, stupendous theme||Medley (Author)||10|
|Far, far beyond these lower skies||Samuel Medley (Author)||12|
|Father of mercies, God of love, Whose kind compassion still we prove||Samuel Medley (Author)||17|
|From all that's mortal, all that's vain||Samuel Medley (Author)||77|
|Glory, honour, praise and pow'r, To the Lamb be ever paid||Medley (Author)||2|
|Go forth, thou mighty conqueror||Medley (Author)||3|
|God shall alone the [my] refuge be||Samuel Medley (Author)||7|
|Great God, incline thy gracious ear||Samuel Medley (Author)||8|
|Great judge of all, that day will come||Samuel Medley (Author)||3|
|Hail, mighty and victorious Lord||Medley (Author)||4|
|Hark! how the gospel trumpet sounds, Through all the world the echo bounds||Samuel Medley (Author)||8|
|He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly Friend||Medley (Author)||2|
|Hear, gracious God [Lord], a sinner's cry||Samuel Medley (Author)||14|
|Heavenly Father here we bless thee||Samuel Medley (Author)||5|
|Here, at thy throne of sovereign grace||Samuel Medley (Author)||5|
|High on his throne of heavenly light||Medley (Author)||2|
|How shall I give my Ephraim up||Medley (Author)||4|
|How swiftly time's revolving wheels||Samuel Medley (Author)||7|
|I know that my Redeemer lives, And ever prays for me||Samuel Medley (Arranger)||3|
|I know that my Redeemer lives, What comfort this sweet sentence gives||Samuel Medley (Author)||309|
|Ich weiss dass mein Erloeser lebt, Mein Herze||Samuel Medley (Author)||2|
|If worklings ask the reason why||Samuel Medley (Author)||1|
|In all my trials and my fears||Samuel Medley (Author)||2|
|In Christ my treasure's all contained||Samuel Medley (Author)||3|
|In glory bright the Savior reigns||Samuel Medley (Author)||13|
|In God let all his saints rejoice||Samuel Medley (Author)||15|
|In heaven the rapturous song began||Samuel Medley (Author)||5|
|Ina he leo hiki ko'u||Samuel Medley (Author)||2|
|Jehovah's awful name revere||Samuel Medley (Author)||2|
|Jesus, before thee I appear||Samuel Medley (Author)||2|
|Jesus, before thy face I [we] fall||Medley (Author)||9|
|Jesus, dear Lord, we bless thy [his] name||Samuel Medley (Author)||6|
|Jesus, engrave it on my heart||Rev. S. Medley (Author)||58|
|Jesus, how bright his glory shines||Samuel Medley (Author)||5|
|Jesus is precious, says [saith] the word||Samuel Medley (Author)||5|
|Jesus, my hope, while here below||Samuel Medley (Author)||5|
|Jesus, my Lord, my life, my all, Prostrate||Samuel Medley (Author)||9|
|Jesus, my pattern and my guide||Samuel Medley (Author)||6|
|Jesus, the glorious head of grace||Medley (Author)||3|
|Join all who love the Savior's name||Samuel Medley (Author)||35|
|Kind Teacher and Lord, thy wisdom we bless||Samuel Medley (Author)||5|
|Let me, thou sovereign Lord of all||Samuel Medley (Author)||9|
|Lord, hear a burdened sinner mourn||Medley (Author)||24|
|Lord, we are spared, and yet are found||Samuel Medley (Author)||4|
|Loving Jesus, gentle Lamb||Samuel Medley (Author)||1|
|Mortals, awake, with angels join||Samuel Medley (Author)||232|
|My soul, arise in [with] joyful lays||Samuel Medley (Author)||8|
|My soul, arise, shake off thy fears||Samuel Medley (Author)||7|
|My soul, now arise, my passions, take wing||Samuel Medley (Author)||7|
|My soul, take courage from the Lord||Samuel Medley (Author)||9|
|No, let us never mourn for those||Samuel Medley (Author)||3|
|Not of terrestrial mortal themes||Samuel Medley, 1738-1799 (Author)||2|
|Now, dearest Lord, to praise thy name||Medley (Author)||3|
|Now in a song of grateful praise||Medley (Author)||76|
|Now in thy praise, eternal king||Samuel Medley (Author)||16|
|Now let my soul to Jesus raise||Samuel Medley (Author)||2|
|O could I speak the matchless worth||Samuel Medley (Author)||464|
|O f'nd ich doch das grosse Wort||Samuel Medley (Author)||2|
|O for a heart prepared to sing||Samuel Medley, 1738-1799 (Author)||2|
|O thou eternal, glorious Lord||Medley (Author)||7|
|O what amazing words of grace||Samuel Medley (Author)||208|
|Of Jesus I sing||Samuel Medley (Author)||2|
|O glorious hope of perfect love||Samuel Medley (Author)||2|
|On Christ salvation rests secure||Samuel Medley (Author)||5|
|Poor sinner, stop, don't madly go||Samuel Medley (Author)||2|
|Raise thoughtless sinner raise thine eye||Medley (Author)||2|
|Regard, great God, my mournful prayer||Medley (Author)||3|
|Saints in their graves lie down in peace||Samuel Medley (Author)||6|
|See a poor sinner, dearest Lord||Medley (Author)||35|
|Sing the dear Savior's glorious fame||Medley (Author)||14|
|The grave is now a favored spot||Samuel Medley (Author)||19|
|The hour of prayer once more is come||Medley (Author)||14|
|The Savior lives, no more to die||Samuel Medley (Author)||32|
|The souls who love and long for||Samuel Medley (Author)||2|
|Thee will we praise, eternal King||Samuel Medley (Author)||5|
|Thy presence and thy glories, Lord||Samuel Medley (Author)||4|
|To God who lives and reigns on high||Samuel Medley (Author)||3|
|To thee, O Lord, my heavenly King||Medley (Author)||10|
|Vak upp, min sj'l, vak upp och sjung||Samuel Medley (Author)||3|
|Wach' auf, mein Herz, mit freud'gem Klang||Samuel Medley (Author)||4|
|We sing the praise of Him who died||Samuel Medley (Author)||1|
|Whom shall I send, the Father cries||Medley (Author)||7|
|With joy let each afflicted saint||Samuel Medley (Author)||7|
|With joy, ye saints, attend, and raise||Medley (Author)||6|
|Ye lovely tribes of smiling youth||Samuel Medley (Author)||5|
|Ye praying souls, rejoice||Samuel Medley (Author)||5|
|Ye saints attend the Savior's voice||Medley (Author)||28|