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John Milton

John Milton
Short Name: John Milton
Full Name: Milton, John, 1608-1674
Birth Year: 1608
Death Year: 1674

Milton, John, was born in London, Dec. 9, 1608, and died there Nov. 8, 1674. His poetical excellences and his literary fame are matters apart from hymnology, and are fully dealt with in numerous memoirs. His influence on English hymn-writing has been very slight, his 19 versions of various Psalms having lain for the most part unused by hymnal compilers. The dates of his paraphrases are:—

Ps. cxiv. and cxxxvi., 1623, when he was 15 years of ago. These were given in his Poems in English and Latin 1645.
Ps. lxxx.-lxxxviii., written in 1648, and published as Nine Psalmes done into Metre, 1645.
Ps. i., 1653; ii., “Done August 8, 1653;" iii., Aug. 9, 1653; iv. Aug. 10, 1653; v., Aug. 12, 1653; vi., Aug. 13, 1653; vii.Aug. 14, 1653; viii., Aug. 14, 1653.
These 19 versions were all included in the 2nd ed. of his Poems in English and Latin, 1673. From these, mainly in the form of centos, the following have come into common use:—
1. Cause us to see Thy goodness, Lord. Ps. lxxxv.
2. Defend the poor and desolate. Ps. lxxxii.
3. God in the great assembly stands. Ps. lxxxii.
4. How lovely are Thy dwellings fair. Ps. lxxxiv. From this, "They pass refreshed the thirsty vale," is taken.
5. Let us with a gladsome [joyful] mind. Ps. cxxxvi.
6. O let us with a joyful mind. Ps. cxxxvi.
7. The Lord will come and not be slow. Ps. lxxxv.

Of these centos Nos. 4 and 5 are in extensive use. The rest are mostly in Unitarian collections. There are also centos from his hymn on the Nativity, "This is the month, and this the happy morn" (q.v.).

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Texts by John Milton (27)sort descendingAsInstances
And did those feet in ancient timeJohn Milton (Author (1st two lines attributed to))1
Awake the trumpet's lofty soundJohn Milton (Author)1
Cause us to see thy goodness, LordJohn Milton (Author)2
Defend the poor and desolateMilton (Author)8
God in the great assembly stands Of kings and lordly statesJohn Milton (Author)1
God of our saving health and peaceJohn Milton, 1608-1674 (Author)3
Hopi ye; WakaŋtaŋkaJohn Milton (Author)1
How lovely are Thy dwellings fair!John Milton (1608-1674) (Author)49
How lovely are thy dwellings, Lord, From noise and trouble freeMilton, alt. and abr. (Author)27
I am old and blindJohn Milton (Author)3
Laŭdu ĝoje Dion niJohn Milton (Author)3
Let us with a gladsome mindJohn Milton (Versifier)412
Lord God of hosts, that reignest on highJohn Milton (Author)2
Lord, Lord, defend the desolateJohn Milton (Author)1
Louvem, com alegre somJohn Milton (Author)2
Many there be, that sayJohn Milton (Author)2
No war nor battle's soundMilton (Author)44
Praise, O praise our God and KingJohn Milton (Author)3
Ring out, ye crystal spheresJohn Milton (Author)3
Rise, God, judge thou the earth in mightJohn Milton (Author)12
The Lord will come and not be slowJohn Milton, 1608-1684 (Author)74
They pass refreshed the thirsty valeMilton (Author)3
This is the month, and this the happy mornJohn Milton (Author)4
Thy favor, gracious Lord, displayJohn Milton (Author)4
When I consider how my light is spentJohn Milton, 1608-1674 (Author)3
When the mists at last have risenJohn Milton (Author)2
Wie lieblich ist dein Wohnplatz dochJohn Milton (Author)5

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