John Rippon

John Rippon
Short Name: John Rippon
Full Name: Rippon, John, 1751-1836
Birth Year: 1751
Death Year: 1836

Rippon, John, D.D., was born at Tiverton, Devon, April 29, 1751, and was educated for the ministry at the Baptist College, Bristol. In 1773 he became Pastor of the Baptist church in Carter Lane, Tooley Street (afterwards removed to New Park Street), London, and over this church he continued to preside until his death, on Dec. 17, 1836. The degree of D.D. was conferred on him in 1792 by the Baptist College, Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Rippon was one of the most popular and influential Dissenting ministers of his time. From 1790 to 1802 he issued the Baptist Annual Register, a periodical containing an account of the most important events in the history of the Baptist Denomination in Great Britain and America during that period, and very valuable now as a book of reference. But his most famous work is his Selection of hymns for public worship, which appeared in 1787. The full title of the first edition is A selection of Hymns from the best authors, intended as an Appendix to Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns. In 1791 he published a Selection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes from the Best Authors, adapted to Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns, and to his own Selection, and from that time the names of tunes were prefixed to the hymns in the successive editions of his hymn-book. In 1800 he published the 10th ed. of his Selections, containing more than sixty additional hymns.

In 1827 it was still further enlarged, and in 1844, after his death, appeared The Comprehensive Edition, commonly known as The Comprehensive Rippon, containing most of the additional hymns, with about 400 then first added, making in all upwards of 1170, in 100 metres. A rival to the Comprehensive was also afterwards published under the old title, somewhat enlarged. In the preparation of the original book, and its subsequent improvement, Dr. Rippon performed an important service to Baptist Hymnody, and also, it is said, gained for himself "an estate" through its immense sale. In the preface to the tenth edition lie claims for himself the authorship of some of the hymns, but as he refrained from affixing his name to any of the hymns it is impossible now to say with certainty which ought to be ascribed to him. There can, however, be no reasonable doubt that hymn 535, 3rd part, "The day has dawned, Jehovah comes" (q.v.), is one of his compositions. Other hymns, probably by him, are, "Amid the splendours of Thy state" (Love of God), 1800; and "There is joy in heaven, and joy on earth" (Joy over the Repenting Sinner), 1787. He also altered the texts of and made additions to several of the older hymns. Some of these altered texts are still in common use. In 1830 the additions given in the 27th ed., 1827, of Rippon's Selections were reprinted, with notes by Dr. Slater, as:—

Hymns Original and Selected; interspersed in the Twenty-seventh edition of the Selection, with Numerous Doxologies, in the Usual, the Peculiar, and in the less Common metres. By John Rippon, D.D.

A second edition of this pamphlet of 82 hymns and doxologies appeared in 1832. [Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Texts by John Rippon (48)sort descendingAsInstances
All hail the great Emmanuel's nameJohn Rippon (Author)1
All hail the power of Jesus' name, Let angels prostrate fallJohn Rippon (Adapter)1726
See, gracious God, before Thy throneRippon (Author)2
Amid the splendors of thy stateJohn Rippon (Author)39
And must I part with all I haveRippon (Author)7
As showers on meadows newly mownRippon (Author)2
As when in silence, vernal showersJohn Rippon (Author)13
At anchor laid, remote from homeRippon (Author)1
Awake our drowsy soulsJohn Rippon (Author)1
Come now, ye sinners, saith the LordJohn Rippon (Author)1
Come on my fellow-pilgrims, comeRippon (Author)1
Come, thou soul transforming SpiritJohn Rippon (Author)2
Come ye redeemed of the LordRippon (Author)1
Dear Lord, and will [has] thy pardoning loveRippon (Author)1
Dear Lord why should I doubt Thy love Or disbelieve thy grace?Rippon (Author)1
Descend, Holy Spirit, the DoveRippon (Author)5
Great God, the nations of the earth Are by creation thineRippon (Author)1
Great God, the nations of the earth (Rippon)John Rippon (Author)3
Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the new-born KingRippon (Author)1
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the LordJohn Rippon, 1751-1836 (Author)3
How precious is the book divineRippon (Author)6
I my Ebenezer raiseRippon (Author)1
Jesus, at thy commandJohn Rippon (Author)2
Let every kindred, every tribeJohn Rippon (Author)2
Lo! he cometh! countless trumpetsJohn Rippon (Author)2
Loores dad a Cristo el ReyJohn Rippon, 1751-1836 (Author (v. 3-4))1
Lord, dismiss us with Thy blessing, Fill our hearts with joy and peaceRippon (Author)9
Lord, shall we part with gold for drossJohn Rippon (Author)6
Lord, we come before thee nowRippon (Author)1
My gracious Redeemer I loveJohn Rippon (Author)1
Not unto us but thee aloneJohn Rippon (Author)2
O the immense, the amazing heightJohn Rippon (Author)1
O what stupendous mercy shinesRippon (Author)5
Praise the Savior, all ye nationsJohn Rippon (Author)1
Rejoice, the Lord is King: Your Lord and King adoreRippon (Author)7
Saudai o nome de JesusJohn Rippon (Author)3
Sinner, O, why so thoughtless grown?John Rippon (Alterer)3
Thee we adore, Eternal Word, the Father's equal SonJohn Rippon (Author)1
There's joy in heaven, and joy on earthJohn Rippon (Author)16
To praise the ever bounteous LordRippon (Author)5
'Twas by an order from the LordJohn Rippon (Author)1
Unto thine altar LordRippon (Author)3
When Abra'm, full of sacred aweRippon (Author)1
When Thou my righteous Judge shalt comeRippon (Alterer)3
When will the happy trump proclaimRippon (Author)6
Where'er the blustering north wind blowsRippon (Author)1
Why should our mourning thoughts delightJohn Rippon (Author)4
Why should our tears in sorrow flowRev. John Rippon, 1751-1836 (Author)2

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