John Needham

Short Name: John Needham
Full Name: Needham, John, d. 1786
Death Year: 1786

Needham, John, was the son of John Needham, Baptist Minister, of Hitchin, Herts, but the date of his birth is unknown. He would doubtless be educated by his father, who was a tutor and in repute as a learned man. In 1750 Needham became co-pastor with John Beddome at the Baptist meetinghouse in the Pithay, Bristol; but, two years later, Beddome having retired through age, a violent controversy arose in the Church with regard to a continuance of the plan of co-pastorship. As the result, Needham and a number of his friends removed to a Baptist meetinghouse in Callowhill Street, where a Mr. Foot was pastor. For a time the two societies used the same builing at different hours, but in 1755 they were united, with Mr. Needham and Mr. Foot as co-pastors. It is known that up to 1774 this arrangement continued, and it is also known that in 1787, both Mr. Needham and Mr. Foot having died, the Callowhill Street Church became extinct, but which of the two pastors was the survivor is not known. The date of Needham's death is unknown. It was probably circa 1786. In 1768 he published Hymns Devotional and Moral on various Subjects, collected chiefly from the Holy Scriptures, &c, Bristol, S. Farley, 1768. These hymns are 263 in all, and whilst none of them possess great excellence, yet several are of a pleasing and useful character. During the past 120 years several have appeared in Nonconformist hymnbooks, and specially in those of the Baptists. Of these the following are still in common use:—
1. Ashamed of Christ! my soul disdains. Not ashamed of Christ.
2. Awake, my tongue, thy tribute bring. The Divine Perfections.
3. Glory to God, Who reigns above. Jesus, the Messiah.
4. Great author of the immortal mind. Imitation of God's Moral Perfections. From "flow matchless, Lord, Thy glories are."
5. Happy the man whose cautious steps. Christian Moderation.
6. Holy and reverend is the Name. Reverence in Worship.
7. Kind are the words that Jesus speaks. Christ the Strengthener.
8. Lord,ere [Now Lord] the heavenly seed is sown. Parable of the Sower.
9. Methinks the last great day is come. The Judgment.
10. Rise, O my soul, pursue the path. The Example of the Saints.
11. See how the little toiling ant. Youth for Christ.
12. Thou art, O God, a Spirit pure. God a Spirit.
13. To praise the ever bounteous Lord. Harvest.
14. When some kind shepherd from his fold. The Lost Sheep. From this “O how divine, how sweet the joy," in Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, New York, 1872, is taken. [Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Texts by John Needham (71)sort iconAsInstances
Ashamed of Christ, my soul disdainsNeedham (Author)48
Awake, awake, arise, and hail the glorious mornJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)15
Awake, my tongue, thy tribute bringJohn Needham, d.c. 1786 (Author)139
Behold, from realms of lightJohn Needham (Author)2
Behold, He Comes—the Judge appearsJohn Needham (Author)2
Behold the awful books displayedNeedham (Author)2
Behold the Lamb of God, The holy Baptist criesJohn Needham (Author)1
Behold the Prince of PeaceJohn Needham (Author)63
Blest is the memory of the justNeedham (Author)5
Blest news! To us a child is bornJohn Needham (Author)2
Blush, atheists, blush, your airy schemesJohn Needham (Author)2
Deluded souls, who think to find [grasp]Needham (Author)20
From Thee, my God, all blessings springJohn Needham (Author)2
Glory to God on high be givenNeedham (Author)7
Glory to God, who reigns aboveJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)35
God spake, and from chaotic nightJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)3
Great Author of the immortal mindJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)15
Great God of grace, arise and shineJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)18
Great God! Thy vast and deep designsJohn Needham (Author)2
Great is the Lord, His power is greatJohn Needham (Author)2
Hail, happy morn, whose early rayNeedham (Author)11
Happy beyond description he who fears the Lord his GodNeedham (Author)21
Happy the man whose cautious stepsNeedham (Author)20
Hast thou not said, almighty GodJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)5
He reigns—th’ Almighty reigns supremeJohn Needham (Author)2
He’ll come, the Judge will surely comeJohn Needham (Author)2
Holy and reverend is the nameNeedham (Author)145
Jesus, delightful name!John Needham (Author)2
Kind are the words that Jesus speaksNeedham (Author)30
Long had the nations satJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)3
Look up ye saints direct your eyesNeedham (Author)17
Lord, in thy courts we now appearNeedham (Author)23
Lord, in thy presence we appear To celebrate the opening yearJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)4
Lord, thou wilt hear me when I prayNeedham (Author)1
Lord! through the dubious path of lifeJohn Needham (Author)1
Methinks the last great day is comeNeedham (Author)47
Mortals, give ear, the awful dayJohn Needham (Author)2
My soul pursues no vulgar themeJohn Needham (Author)2
No rod of vengeance Jesus takesJohn Needham (Author)2
Now Lord, thy heavenly seed is sownJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)26
O God, thou art a Spirit pureNeedham (Author)5
O happy time! Auspicious morn!John Needham (Author)2
O how divine how sweet the joyJohn Needham (Author)86
Prepare, ye saints, to meet your LordJohn Needham (Author)2
Rise, O my soul, pursue the pathNeedham (Author)99
See, Gabriel swift descend to earthNeedham (Author)10
See how the little toiling antNeedham (Author)12
Stand up ye saints and boldly marchNeedham (Author)9
The day, the solemn day shall comeJohn Needham (Author)2
The heart, dejected, sighs to knowJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)9
The icy chains that bound the earthJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)15
The mighty God that rules the skiesNeedham (Author)4
The Prince of peace is come! Ye nations, shout and singJohn Needham (Author)6
The Prince of peace is come, And clothed himself in clayNeedham (Author)1
The rolling year almighty LordNeedham (Author)15
The time by Heaven foretold is comeJohn Needham (Author)2
The time draws near when thou my soulJohn Needham (Author)1
Thou art, O God, a Spirit pureJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)28
’Tis nature’s voice which reason speaksJohn Needham (Author)2
To distant lands thy gospel sendJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)18
To praise the ever bounteous LordJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)63
What joy possessed my heartNeedham (Author)5
When Israe's sons, a murmering raceNeedham (Author)5
When men, pretending to be wiseJohn Needham (Author)2
When Sodom’s rich but guilty plainsJohn Needham (Author)2
When some kind shepherd from his foldNeedham (Author)11
Why are not sinners, Lord, consumedJohn Needham (Author)2
With eye impartial, heaven's high KingJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)22
Ye humble saints, proclaim abroadJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)20
Ye humble souls proclaim abroadNeedham (Author)1
Ye sons of Adam joinJohn Needham (Author)2



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