Samuel Medley

Samuel Medley
Short Name: Samuel Medley
Full Name: Medley, Samuel, 1738-1799
Birth Year: 1738
Death Year: 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 (110)sort iconAsInstances
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 ImmanuelSamuel Medley (Author)13
All hail, thou great ImmnuelSamuel Medley (Author)2
As Jacob did in days of oldSamuel Medley (Author)13
Assist my soul, my heavenly KingSamuel Medley (Author)20
At the door of mercy sighingRev. S. Medley, 1738-1799 (Author)1
Attend, my soul, and search, and seeSamuel Medley (Author)4
Attend, my soul, come search and seeSamuel Medley (Author)2
Attend, my soul, the sacred pageSamuel Medley (Author)5
Awake, my soul, to joyful laysSamuel Medley (Author)764
Behold a sinner, gracious LordSamuel Medley (Author)4
Blest are the souls whose sufferings showMedley (Author)3
Come, happy souls, that [who] know the LordSamuel Medley (Author)11
Come join, ye saints, with heart and voiceSamuel Medley (Author)26
Come, let us now unite to raiseSamuel Medley (Author)3
Come, let us sing the praise of GodSamuel Medley (Author)2
Come, praying souls, rejoice, And bless your Father's nameMedley (Author)14
Come ye who know the Savior's loveMedley (Author)14
Dear Lord, to us assembled hereSamuel Medley (Author)10
Dearest of names, our Lord, our KingSamuel Medley (Author)8
Death and the grave are doleful themesSamuel Medley (Author)6
Death is no more among our foesSamuel Medley (Author)2
Eternal Sovereign, Lord of allMedley (Author)11
Eternal Spirit, mighty LordSamuel Medley (Author)3
Eternity, stupendous themeMedley (Author)10
Far, far beyond these lower skiesSamuel Medley (Author)12
Father of mercies, God of love, Whose kind compassion still we proveSamuel Medley (Author)17
From all that's mortal, all that's vainSamuel Medley (Author)77
Glory, honour, praise and pow'r, To the Lamb be ever paidMedley (Author)2
Go forth, thou mighty conquerorMedley (Author)3
God shall alone the [my] refuge beSamuel Medley (Author)7
Great God, incline thy gracious earSamuel Medley (Author)8
Great judge of all, that day will comeSamuel Medley (Author)3
Hail, mighty and victorious LordMedley (Author)4
Hark! how the gospel trumpet sounds, Through all the world the echo boundsSamuel Medley (Author)8
He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly Friend Medley (Author)2
Hear, gracious God [Lord], a sinner's crySamuel Medley (Author)14
Heavenly Father here we bless theeSamuel Medley (Author)5
Here, at thy throne of sovereign graceSamuel Medley (Author)5
High on his throne of heavenly lightMedley (Author)2
How shall I give my Ephraim upMedley (Author)4
How swiftly time's revolving wheelsSamuel Medley (Author)7
I know that my Redeemer lives, And ever prays for meSamuel Medley (Arranger)2
I know that my Redeemer lives, What comfort this sweet sentence givesSamuel Medley (Author)309
Ich weiss dass mein Erloeser lebt, Mein HerzeSamuel Medley (Author)2
If worklings ask the reason whySamuel Medley (Author)1
In all my trials and my fearsSamuel Medley (Author)2
In Christ my treasure's all containedSamuel Medley (Author)3
In glory bright the Savior reignsSamuel Medley (Author)13
In God let all his saints rejoiceSamuel Medley (Author)15
In heaven the rapturous song beganSamuel Medley (Author)5
Ina he leo hiki ko'uSamuel Medley (Author)2
Jehovah's awful name revereSamuel Medley (Author)2
Jesus, before thee I appearSamuel Medley (Author)2
Jesus, before thy face I [we] fallMedley (Author)9
Jesus, dear Lord, we bless thy [his] nameSamuel Medley (Author)6
Jesus, engrave it on my heartRev. S. Medley (Author)58
Jesus, how bright his glory shinesSamuel Medley (Author)5
Jesus is precious, says [saith] the wordSamuel Medley (Author)5
Jesus, my hope, while here belowSamuel Medley (Author)5
Jesus, my Lord, my life, my all, ProstrateSamuel Medley (Author)9
Jesus, my pattern and my guideSamuel Medley (Author)6
Jesus, the glorious head of graceMedley (Author)3
Join all who love the Savior's nameSamuel Medley (Author)35
Kind Teacher and Lord, thy wisdom we blessSamuel Medley (Author)5
Let me, thou sovereign Lord of allSamuel Medley (Author)9
Lord, hear a burdened sinner mournMedley (Author)24
Lord, we are spared, and yet are foundSamuel Medley (Author)4
Loving Jesus, gentle LambSamuel Medley (Author)1
Mortals, awake, with angels joinSamuel Medley (Author)232
My soul, arise in [with] joyful laysSamuel Medley (Author)8
My soul, arise, shake off thy fearsSamuel Medley (Author)7
My soul, now arise, my passions, take wingSamuel Medley (Author)7
My soul, take courage from the LordSamuel Medley (Author)9
No, let us never mourn for thoseSamuel Medley (Author)3
Now, dearest Lord, to praise thy nameMedley (Author)3
Now in a song of grateful praiseMedley (Author)76
Now in thy praise, eternal kingSamuel Medley (Author)16
Now let my soul to Jesus raiseSamuel Medley (Author)2
O could I speak the matchless worthSamuel Medley (Author)460
O f'nd ich doch das grosse WortSamuel Medley (Author)2
O for a heart prepared to singSamuel Medley, 1738-1799 (Author)2
O thou eternal, glorious Lord Medley (Author)7
O what amazing words of graceSamuel Medley (Author)206
Of Jesus I singSamuel Medley (Author)2
O glorious hope of perfect loveSamuel Medley (Author)2
On Christ salvation rests secureSamuel Medley (Author)5
Poor sinner, stop, don't madly goSamuel Medley (Author)2
Raise thoughtless sinner raise thine eyeMedley (Author)2
Regard, great God, my mournful prayerMedley (Author)3
Saints in their graves lie down in peaceSamuel Medley (Author)6
See a poor sinner, dearest LordMedley (Author)35
Sing the dear Savior's glorious fameMedley (Author)14
The grave is now a favored spotSamuel Medley (Author)19
The hour of prayer once more is come Medley (Author)14
The Savior lives, no more to dieSamuel Medley (Author)32
The souls who love and long forSamuel Medley (Author)2
Thee will we praise, eternal KingSamuel Medley (Author)5
Thy presence and thy glories, LordSamuel Medley (Author)3
To God who lives and reigns on highSamuel Medley (Author)3
To thee, O Lord, my heavenly KingMedley (Author)10
Vak upp, min sj'l, vak upp och sjungSamuel Medley (Author)3
Wach' auf, mein Herz, mit freud'gem KlangSamuel Medley (Author)4
We sing the praise of Him who diedSamuel Medley (Author)1
Whom shall I send, the Father criesMedley (Author)7
With joy let each afflicted saintSamuel Medley (Author)7
With joy, ye saints, attend, and raiseMedley (Author)6
Ye lovely tribes of smiling youthSamuel Medley (Author)5
Ye praying souls, rejoiceSamuel Medley (Author)5
Ye saints attend the Savior's voiceMedley (Author)28



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