|Short Name:||Thomas Scott|
|Full Name:||Scott, Thomas, 1705-1775|
Thomas Scott was born at Norwich, and was the son of a Dissenting minister. After his education he began his ministerial life at Wartmell, in Norfolk, adding also the labours of school-teaching. Subsequently he changed his pastoral relations several times, spending the last years of his life at Hupton, in Norfolk, where he died in 1776. He was the author of some prose works, several poems, and a few hymns.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872
Scott, Thomas, son of Thomas Scott, Independent Minister at Norwich, brother of Elizabeth Scott, and nephew of Dr. Daniel Scott, was born at Norwich, 1705. As a young man he kept a school at Wortwell, and preached once a month at Harleston, Norfolk. Then, after a short ministry at Lowestoft, he removed in 1734 to Ipswich as co-pastor with Mr. Baxter of the Presbyterian congregation meeting in St. Nicholas Street Chapel. On the death of his senior in 1740 he became sole pastor. In 1774 he retired to Hapton, and died there in 1775. He was the author of various poetical works, including:— (1) The Table of Cebes; or, the Picture of Human Life, in English Verse, with Notes, 1754; (2) The Book of Job, in English Verse; translated from the original Hebrew, with Remarks, Historical, Critical, and Explanatory, 1771; 2nd ed. 1773; (3) Lyric Poems, Devotional and Moral. By Thomas Scott, London, James Buckland, 1773.
To Dr. Enfield's Hymns for Public Worship, Warrington, 1772, he contributed "All-knowing God, 'tis Thine to know" (p. 43, ii.); "Angels! roll the rock away" (p. 69, i.); "As various as the moon " (p. 85, ii.); and the following:—
1. Absurd and vain attempt to bind. Persecution.
2. Behold a wretch in woe. Mercy.
3. Imposture shrinks from light. Private Judgment, its Rights and Duties.
4. Mark, when tempestuous winds arise. Meekness.
5. O come all ye sons of Adam and raise. Universal Praise to God.
6. Th' uplifted eye and bended knee. Devotion vain without Virtue.
7. Was pride,alas, e'er made for man? Humility.
8. Why do I thus perplex? Worldly Anxiety reproved.
In his Preface to his Lyric Poems, 1773, he said that the object of his work was:—
"To form a kind of little poetical system of piety and morals. The work opens with natural religion. Thence it proceeds to the mission of Jesus Christ, his sufferings, his exaltation, and the propagation of his doctrine. Next is the call to repentance, the nature and blessedness of a Christian life, and the entrance into it. These topics are succeeded by the various branches of devotion: after which are ranked the moral duties, personal and social, the happy end of a sincere Christian, and the coming of Jesus Christ to finish his mediatorial kingdom by the general judgment. The whole is closed with a description of the illustrious times, when by means of the everlasting gospel, the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea."
Of Scott's better known hymns this volume contained most of those named above, and:—
9. Hasten, sinner, to be wise. p. 493, ii.
10. Who, gracious Father, can complain? The Divine Dispensation
In the Collection of Hymns and Psalms, &c, 1795, by Kippis, Rees, and others, several of the above were repeated, and the following were new:—
11. If high or low our station be. Justice.
12. Happy the meek whose gentle breast. Meekness.
Doctrinally Scott might be described as an evangelical Arian. Hymns of his appear in most of the old Presbyterian collections at the close of the last century, and in the early Unitarian collections. Several are still in common use in G. Britain and America. [Rev. Valentine D. Davis, B.A.]
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Texts by Thomas Scott (44)||As||Instances|
|Absurd and vain attempt, to bind||Thomas Scott (Author)||37|
|All hail, incarnate God||T. Scott (Author)||2|
|All knowing God, 'tis thine to know||Thomas Scott (Author)||9|
|All seeing God, 'tis thine to know||Scott (Author)||47|
|Angels! roll the rock away||Thomas Scott (Author)||341|
|As changeful as the moon||Scott (Author)||2|
|As changing as the moon||Thomas Scott (Author)||5|
|As various as the moon||Thomas Scott (Author)||8|
|Awake our drowsy souls||T. Scott (Author)||3|
|Dost thou my worthless [thy children's] name record||Thomas Scott (Author)||10|
|Eil', o Suender, werde klug||Th. Scott (Author)||2|
|Gird on, great God, thy sword||Scott (Author)||6|
|Great Author of all nature's frame||Scott (Alterer)||1|
|Happy the meek, whose gentle breast||Scott (Author)||3|
|Haste, O sinner! to be wise||Rev. Thomas Scott (Author)||347|
|I hear the voice of woe, a fellow mortal mourns||Scott (Author)||2|
|If high or low our station be||Thomas Scott (Author)||10|
|Il, o, Synder Visdom agt||Thomas Scott (Author)||2|
|Imposture shrinks from light||Scott (Author)||61|
|Lo the rock is rolled away||Thomas Scott (Author)||21|
|Lo what a confusion rends the mind||Thomas Scott (Author)||5|
|Mark, when tempestuous winds arise||Thomas Scott (Author)||16|
|May we, O Lord, maintain||Scott (Author)||2|
|Now let our hearts their glory wake||Scott (Author)||4|
|O come, all ye sons of Adam, and raise||Scott (Author)||4|
|O Lord, and shall our fainting souls||T. Scott (Author)||5|
|O Prince of Life, all power is thine||Thomas Scott (Author)||3|
|O time, how few thy value weigh||Thomas Scott (Author)||26|
|Omniscient God, 'tis thine to know||Thomas Scott (Author)||4|
|Our Father, throned above the sky!||Scott (Author)||27|
|See how the morning sun||T. Scott (Author)||1|
|The lifted eye and bended knee||Scott (Author)||3|
|The swift not always in the race||Scott (Author)||13|
|The uplifted eye and bended knee||Scott (Author)||47|
|This frame, O God, these noble powers||Thomas Scott (Author)||5|
|Thou sovereign Lord of earth and skies||Thomas Scott (Author)||1|
|Thy bounties, gracious God||T. Scott (Author)||2|
|'Tis wisdom's earnest cry||Thomas Scott (Author)||9|
|Was pride, alas, e'er made for man||Thomas Scott (Author)||4|
|Where, O my soul, O where||Thomas Scott (Author)||13|
|Where'er the Lord shall build my house||Scott (Author)||1|
|Who, gracious Father, shall complain||Thomas Scott (Author)||15|
|Why do I thus perplex||Thomas Scott (Author)||7|
|Why droops my soul with grief oppressed||T. Scott (Author)||5|