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 (72)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Ashamed of Christ, my soul disdainsJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)English50
Awake, awake, arise, and hail the glorious mornJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)16
Awake, my tongue, thy tribute bringNeedham (Author)English147
Behold, from realms of lightJohn Needham (Author)English2
Behold, He Comes—the Judge appearsJohn Needham (Author)English2
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)64
Blest is the memory of the justJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)5
Blest news! To us a child is bornJohn Needham (Author)English2
Blush, atheists, blush, your airy schemesJohn Needham (Author)English2
Deluded souls, who think to find [grasp]John Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)22
Fountain of mercy, God of loveJohn Needham (Author)English1
From Thee, my God, all blessings springJohn Needham (Author)English2
Glory to God on high be givenNeedham (Author)7
Glory to God, who reigns aboveJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)English37
God spake, and from chaotic nightJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)3
Great Author of the immortal mindJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)17
Great God of grace, arise and shineJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)18
Great God! Thy vast and deep designsJohn Needham (Author)English2
Great is the Lord, His power is greatJohn Needham (Author)English2
Hail, happy morn, whose early rayNeedham (Author)11
Happy beyond description he who fears the Lord his GodJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)23
Happy the man whose cautious stepsNeedham (Author)22
Hast thou not said, almighty GodNeedham (Author)5
He reigns—th’ Almighty reigns supremeJohn Needham (Author)English2
He’ll come, the Judge will surely comeJohn Needham (Author)English2
Holy and reverend is the nameJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)English151
Jesus, delightful name!John Needham (Author)English2
Kind are the words that Jesus speaksNeedham (Author)English32
Long had the nations satJohn Needham (Author)3
Look up ye saints direct your eyesJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)English19
Lord, in thy courts we now appearJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)24
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)English1
Lord! through the dubious path of lifeJohn Needham (Author)English1
Methinks the last great day is comeJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)English48
Mortals, give ear, the awful dayJohn Needham (Author)English2
My soul pursues no vulgar themeJohn Needham (Author)English2
No rod of vengeance Jesus takesJohn Needham (Author)English2
Now Lord, thy heavenly seed is sownJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)27
O God, thou art a Spirit pureJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)5
O happy time! Auspicious morn!John Needham (Author)English2
O how divine how sweet the joyJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)88
Prepare, ye saints, to meet your LordJohn Needham (Author)English2
Rise, O my soul, pursue the pathJohn Needham (Author)107
See, Gabriel swift descend to earthNeedham (Author)12
See how the little toiling antJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)English13
Stand up ye saints and boldly marchJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)10
The day, the solemn day shall comeJohn Needham (Author)English2
The heart, dejected, sighs to knowNeedham (Author)10
The icy chains that bound the earthJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)17
The mighty God that rules the skiesNeedham (Author)4
The Prince of peace is come, And clothed himself in clayNeedham (Author)1
The Prince of peace is come! Ye nations, shout and singNeedham (Author)English6
The rolling year almighty LordJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)15
The time by Heaven foretold is comeJohn Needham (Author)English2
The time draws near when thou my soulJohn Needham (Author)1
Thou art, O God, a Spirit pureJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)English29
’Tis nature’s voice which reason speaksJohn Needham (Author)English2
To distant lands thy gospel sendJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)English18
To praise the ever bounteous LordJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)English67
What joy possessed my heartNeedham (Author)5
When Israe's sons, a murmering raceJohn Needham (Author)5
When men, pretending to be wiseJohn Needham (Author)English2
When Sodom’s rich but guilty plainsJohn Needham (Author)English2
When some kind shepherd from his foldJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)English13
Why are not sinners, Lord, consumedJohn Needham (Author)English2
With eye impartial, heaven's high KingJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)22
Ye humble saints, proclaim abroadJohn Needham, d. c. 1786 (Author)English21
Ye humble souls proclaim abroadNeedham (Author)1
Ye sons of Adam joinJohn Needham (Author)English2
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