Swertner, John, b. Sept. 12, 1746, at Haarlem, in Holland, Moravian minister at various places in England and Ireland; d. at Bristol, March 11, 1813.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)
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According to Thy mercy, Lord. [Supplication.] This cento appeared in 3 stanzas of 4 lines as No. 720 in the Moravian Hymn Book, 1789, and was repeated in later editions ( 1849, No. 723). In Mr. Eberle's notes in the Moravian Messenger, March, 1870, it is marked as: i. Schneesing, tr. J. Swertner, ii. N. L. von Zinzendorf, tr. F. W. Foster, iii, N. L. von Zinzendorf, tr. J. Swertner. Stanza i. seems to be from stanza iii. of Schneesing's hymn, "Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ;" while stanzas ii., iii. seem based on Zinzendorfs "Achmein verwundier Furste." The cento is included as No. 132 in Dr. Pagenstecher's Collection, 1864. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]