So far in 2023, 13 million people from 200-plus countries around the world have benefitted from the Hymnary website! Thank you to all who use and all who support it with gifts of time, talent and treasure. If you feel moved to support our work today with a gift of any amount and a word of encouragement, we would be grateful. You can donate online at our secure giving site. Or, if you'd like to make a gift by check, please send it to:, Calvin University, 3201 Burton Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. May the hope, love, joy and peace of Advent be yours this day and always.

Your donation:

John Taylor

Short Name: John Taylor
Full Name: Taylor, John, 1750-1826
Birth Year: 1750
Death Year: 1826

Taylor, John, born July 30, 1750, was the son of Richard Taylor, of Norwich, and grandson of Dr. John Taylor (1694-1761, the eminent Hebrew scholar, who was for many years minister of the Octagon Chapel, Norwich, and afterwards Divinity tutor at the Warrington Academy. Dr. Taylor published A Collection of Tunes in Various Airs, one of the first collections of its kind, and his grandson was one of the most musical of Unitarian hymn-writers). Young Taylor, after serving his apprenticeship in his native place, was for two years in a banking house in London, at which time he was an occasional poetical contributor to the Morning Chronicle. In 1773 he returned to Norwich, where he spent the rest of his life, first as a manufacturer, and afterwards as a wool and yarn factor. For nearly fifty years he was a deacon at the Octagon Chapel. At the time of the French Revolution he joined in the support of The Cabinet, a periodical brought out by the Liberals of Norwich, in conjunction with Dr. Enfield, William Taylor, Miss Alderson (Mrs. Opie), and others, and, as a "poet of the olden time," he contributed five poems thereto. These, and other political songs and poems relating to family events, &c, together with 50 hymns, were collected in Hymns and Miscellaneous Poems, Reprinted for Private Distribution, 1863, with a Memoir taken from the Monthly Repository of Sept. 1826, by his son, Edward Taylor, then Gresham Professor of Music. An earlier and less complete edition, containing 43 hymns, he had himself caused to be printed by his sons, Richard and Arthur Taylor, London, 1818. He died June 23, 1826. Of his hymns the following 9 were contributed to Dr. Enfield's Selection of Hymns for Social Worship, Norwich, 1795:—
1. Far from mortal cares retreating. Divine Worship.
2. Father divine, before Thy view. Divine Providence.
3. Father of our feeble race. Christian Love. This begins in Horder's Congregational Hymns, 1884, and others, with st. ii., "Lord, what offering shall we bring?"
4. Glory be to God on high. Divine glories celebrated. The first stanza is by C. Wesley, and the rest are by Taylor.
5. God of mercy, God of love [grace], Hear our sad repentant song. Penitence.
6. 0 sing to the Lord a new song. Praise to the Supreme Ruler and Judge.
7. Praise to God, the great Creator. Praise to the Father. The hymn "Saints with pious zeal attending" in Hatfield's Church Hymns, &c.,N.Y., 1872, begins with line 4 of stanza i. of this hymn.
8. Raise your voice and joyful sing. Praise.
9. Rejoice, the Lord is King. Providence acknowledged in the Seasons. The first stanza and 11. 5 and 6 of all are by C. Wesley, and the rest are by Taylor.

J. Taylor edited Hymns intended to be used at the Commencement of Social Worship, London, 1802. To that collection he contributed 10 hymns, including:—
10. At the portals of Thy house. Divine Worship. In a few American collections a cento from this hymn is given as, "Lord, before thy presence come."
11. Blessed Sabbath of our [the] Lord. Sunday.
12. 0 how delightful is the road. Divine Worship.
13. Supreme o'er all Jehovah reigns.. Divine Worship. All the foregoing, except No. 8, were re-published in the Norwich Collectionof 1814. That edition contained 33 of Taylor's hymns. To the 2nd ed., 1826, he added 9 more. To R. Aspland's Selection of Psalms and Hymns for Unitarian Worship, Hackney, 1810, he contributed 26 hymns, old and new, including :—
14. Like shadows gliding o'er the plain. Time and Eternity.
15. The Mighty God who rolls [rules] the spheres. God the Preserver of Man.
These 15 are the best known of Taylor's hymns, and are largely found in Unitarian collections. See especially Dr. Martineau's Hymns, &c, of 1840, and of 1873. [Rev. Valentine D. Davis, B.A.]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Texts by John Taylor (62)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
All hail our King ImmanuelJohn Taylor (Author)English2
As the good shepherd leads his sheepJ. Taylor (Author)3
At the portals of thy houseJohn Taylor (Author)11
Back in those days of childhoodJohn Taylor (Author)English3
Beyond cold Jordan's rolling strandJohn Taylor (Author)English2
Both heaven and earth were created by GodJohn Taylor (Author)English2
Brighter grows this beautiful wayJohn Taylor (Author)English2
Come, ye young, and do not spurnJ. Taylor (Author)4
Dreary clouds were gathering over us murky was the skyJohn Taylor (Author)English2
Exulting, rejoicing, hail the happy morningJohn Taylor (Author)8
Far from mortal cares retreatingJohn Taylor (Author)English128
Far out beyond the shores of time there is a bright and sunny climeJ. T. (Author)English2
Father divine, before thy viewJ. Taylor (Author)35
Father of our feeble raceJohn Taylor (Author)English65
Father of the human raceJ. Taylor (Author)English1
Glory be to God on high, God whose glory fills the skies (Taylor)J. Taylor (Author)31
God of mercy, God of grace, Hear our sad repentant songsJohn Taylor (Author)English141
How long, sometimes, a day appearsJ. Taylor (Author)English1
I am free as a bird on the wingJ. T. (Author)English2
I am moving onward every passing dayJohn Taylor (Author)English2
I am sailing on life's ocean wideJ. T. (Author)2
I am truly looking for my blessed Lord, soon He's coming back againJohn Taylor (Author)English2
I have started on a journey and I feel like going onJ. T. (Author)2
I once was very lonelyJohn Taylor (Author)2
I was deep in sin and trouble withinJohn Taylor (Author)English2
Jerusalem waŋkaŋ Iwadowaŋ kiŋ heJohn Taylor (Alterer)Dakota1
Jesus found me when I was a strangerJohn Taylor (Author)English2
Like shadows gliding over the plainJohn Taylor (Author)English54
Lord, before Thy presence comeJohn Taylor (Author)English53
Lord, what offering shall we bringJ. Taylor (Author)English57
Many are the beauties now waiting over yonderJohn Taylor (Author)English2
Many years ago while wanderingJohn Taylor (Author)English2
My soul is mounting the upward wayJohn Taylor (Author)English2
O how delightful is the roadJ. Taylor (Author)12
O sing to the Lord a new song, Let the universe join in the strainJohn Taylor (Author)English6
O the star of the eastJ. Taylor (Author)3
O ye, who seek Jehovah's faceJ. Taylor (Author)14
On a sea of exploration, once I sailed with admirationJ. T. (Author)English2
Over in that bright and sunny clime aboveJ. T. (Author)English2
Over the billows and ocean foamJ. T. (Author)English2
Praise to God, the great Creator, Bounteous source of every joyJohn Taylor (Author)English41
Prepare the appointed herald criedJohn Taylor (Author)7
Raise your voice, and joyful singJohn Taylor (Author)3
Rejoice, the Lord is King: Your Lord and King adoreJ. Taylor (Author)English25
Revive us, revive us, O Lord, God almightyJohn Taylor (Author)2
Saints with pious zeal attendingJohn Taylor (Author)15
Still in shades of midnight darknessJ. Taylor (Author)3
The things unseen O God revealJ. Taylor (Author)3
There are grand old melodies ringing in my soulJohn Taylor (Author)English2
There is a City with streets of goldJohn Taylor (Author)English2
There is a joy way down within the depths of meJ. Taylor (Author)1
There is a land so pure and sweetJohn Taylor (Author)2
There is a love, a matchless loveJohn Taylor (Author)English2
There is a state unknown, unseenJohn Taylor, 1750-1826 (Author)English5
There's a land afar with love lightJohn Taylor (Author)2
There's a land of beauty, just across the riverJ. Taylor (Author)English3
There's a light from above filled with wondrous loveJ. T. (Author)English2
There's a mighty army marching forwardJohn Taylor (Author)English2
The mighty God who rolls the spheresJ. Taylor (Author)10
Voices of dear ones so often we hearJ. T. (Author)English2
When I reach my home in Glory land I'll shine, shine, shineJohn Taylor (Author)English2
When Isr'l's tribes on Gibeon pouredJohn Taylor (Author)5
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us