Daniel Turner

Short Name: Daniel Turner
Full Name: Turner, Daniel, 1710-1798
Birth Year: 1710
Death Year: 1798

Turner, Daniel, M.A., was born at Blackwater Park, near St. Albans, March 1, 1710. Having received a good classical education, he for some years kept a boarding-school at Hemel Hempstead, but in 1741 he became pastor of the Baptist church, Reading. Thence he removed, in 1748, to Abingdon, and continued pastor of the Baptist church there until his death on Sept. 5, 1798. He was much respected throughout his denomination, and was the friend and correspondent of Robert Robinson, Dr. Rippon, and other eminent men of that day. He probably received the honorary degree of M.A. from the Baptist College, Providence, Rhode Island. Turner was the author of works on Open Communion and Social Religion; also of Short Meditations on Select Portions of Scripture. His Divine Songs, Hymns and other Poems were published in 1747, and his work, Poems Devotional and Moral, was printed for private circulation in 1794. Four of his hymns are in the Bristol Baptist Collection of Ash & Evans (1769), and eight (including the four already named) in Rippon's Baptist Selection 1787). Only the following are now in common use:—
1. Faith adds new charms to earthly bliss (1769). Excellence of Faith.
2. Jesus, full of all compassion (1769). Sinner's appeal to Christ.
3. Lord of hosts, how lovely fair (1787). Divine Worship. Altered in Baptist Psalms and Hymns, 1858, to “Lord of hosts, how bright, how fair!"
The well-known hymn "Beyond the glittering starry skies," in its enlarged form of 28 stanzas, was the joint production of Turner and his brother-in-law, the Rev. J. Fanch. [Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A.]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Texts by Daniel Turner (17)sort descendingAsInstances
Beyond the starry skies, Far as the eternal hillsDaniel Turner (Author)57
Beyond the glittering, starry sky, Which God's right hand sustainsTurner (Author)1
Faith adds new charms to earthly blissDaniel Turner (Author)149
Holy wonder, heavenly graceDaniel Turner (Author)7
In Jordan's tide the Baptist standsDaniel Turner (Author)46
Jesus, full of all compassionDaniel Turner (Author)111
Lord of hosts, divinely fairTurner (Author)38
Lord of hosts, how lovely fairTurner (Author)4
Lord of peace who loves all childrrenDaniel Turner (Author)2
Lord, our Father, O how fairDaniel Turner (Author)4
Lord, 'tis sweet to mingle whereDaniel Turner (Author)17
Now far above these starry skiesDaniel Turner (Author)17
Shall Jesus descend from the skiesDaniel Turner (Author)8
There's glory in my soul, help me God's praiseDaniel Turner (Author)2
Where'er, through all his works, we sendDaniel Turner (Author)7
With thee, great God, the stores of lightTurner (Author)19
Yes, I would [will] love thee, blessed GodTurner (Author)14
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