|Short Name:||John Needham|
|Full Name:||Needham, John, d. 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)||As||Instances|
|Ashamed of Christ, my soul disdains||Needham (Author)||48|
|Awake, awake, arise, and hail the glorious morn||John Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)||15|
|Awake, my tongue, thy tribute bring||John Needham, d.c. 1786 (Author)||139|
|Behold, from realms of light||John Needham (Author)||2|
|Behold, He Comes—the Judge appears||John Needham (Author)||2|
|Behold the awful books displayed||Needham (Author)||2|
|Behold the Lamb of God, The holy Baptist cries||John Needham (Author)||1|
|Behold the Prince of Peace||John Needham (Author)||63|
|Blest is the memory of the just||Needham (Author)||5|
|Blest news! To us a child is born||John Needham (Author)||2|
|Blush, atheists, blush, your airy schemes||John Needham (Author)||2|
|Deluded souls, who think to find [grasp]||Needham (Author)||20|
|From Thee, my God, all blessings spring||John Needham (Author)||2|
|Glory to God on high be given||Needham (Author)||7|
|Glory to God, who reigns above||John Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)||35|
|God spake, and from chaotic night||John Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)||3|
|Great Author of the immortal mind||John Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)||15|
|Great God of grace, arise and shine||John Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)||18|
|Great God! Thy vast and deep designs||John Needham (Author)||2|
|Great is the Lord, His power is great||John Needham (Author)||2|
|Hail, happy morn, whose early ray||Needham (Author)||11|
|Happy beyond description he who fears the Lord his God||Needham (Author)||21|
|Happy the man whose cautious steps||Needham (Author)||20|
|Hast thou not said, almighty God||John Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)||5|
|He reigns—th’ Almighty reigns supreme||John Needham (Author)||2|
|He’ll come, the Judge will surely come||John Needham (Author)||2|
|Holy and reverend is the name||Needham (Author)||145|
|Jesus, delightful name!||John Needham (Author)||2|
|Kind are the words that Jesus speaks||Needham (Author)||30|
|Long had the nations sat||John Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)||3|
|Look up ye saints direct your eyes||Needham (Author)||17|
|Lord, in thy courts we now appear||Needham (Author)||23|
|Lord, in thy presence we appear To celebrate the opening year||John Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)||4|
|Lord, thou wilt hear me when I pray||Needham (Author)||1|
|Lord! through the dubious path of life||John Needham (Author)||1|
|Methinks the last great day is come||Needham (Author)||47|
|Mortals, give ear, the awful day||John Needham (Author)||2|
|My soul pursues no vulgar theme||John Needham (Author)||2|
|No rod of vengeance Jesus takes||John Needham (Author)||2|
|Now Lord, thy heavenly seed is sown||John Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)||26|
|O God, thou art a Spirit pure||Needham (Author)||5|
|O happy time! Auspicious morn!||John Needham (Author)||2|
|O how divine how sweet the joy||John Needham (Author)||86|
|Prepare, ye saints, to meet your Lord||John Needham (Author)||2|
|Rise, O my soul, pursue the path||Needham (Author)||99|
|See, Gabriel swift descend to earth||Needham (Author)||10|
|See how the little toiling ant||Needham (Author)||12|
|Stand up ye saints and boldly march||Needham (Author)||9|
|The day, the solemn day shall come||John Needham (Author)||2|
|The heart, dejected, sighs to know||John Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)||9|
|The icy chains that bound the earth||John Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)||15|
|The mighty God that rules the skies||Needham (Author)||4|
|The Prince of peace is come! Ye nations, shout and sing||John Needham (Author)||6|
|The Prince of peace is come, And clothed himself in clay||Needham (Author)||1|
|The rolling year almighty Lord||Needham (Author)||15|
|The time by Heaven foretold is come||John Needham (Author)||2|
|The time draws near when thou my soul||John Needham (Author)||1|
|Thou art, O God, a Spirit pure||John Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)||28|
|’Tis nature’s voice which reason speaks||John Needham (Author)||2|
|To distant lands thy gospel send||John Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)||18|
|To praise the ever bounteous Lord||John Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)||63|
|What joy possessed my heart||Needham (Author)||5|
|When Israe's sons, a murmering race||Needham (Author)||5|
|When men, pretending to be wise||John Needham (Author)||2|
|When Sodom’s rich but guilty plains||John Needham (Author)||2|
|When some kind shepherd from his fold||Needham (Author)||11|
|Why are not sinners, Lord, consumed||John Needham (Author)||2|
|With eye impartial, heaven's high King||John Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)||22|
|Ye humble saints, proclaim abroad||John Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)||20|
|Ye humble souls proclaim abroad||Needham (Author)||1|
|Ye sons of Adam join||John Needham (Author)||2|