Ah I shall soon be dying

Ah I shall soon be dying

Author: John Ryland
Published in 21 hymnals

Author: John Ryland

Ryland, John, D.D., son of Rev. John Collett Ryland, was born at Warwick, Jan. 29, 1753. At that time his father was Baptist minister at Warwick, but in 1759 removed to Northampton. "J. Ryland, junior," as for many years he was accustomed to subscribe himself, was in 1781 ordained co-pastor with his father at Northampton. In 1794 he accepted the presidency of the Baptist College and the pastorate of the church in Broadmead, Bristol, and these offices he retained until his death on June 25, 1825. Dr. Ryland was a man of considerable literary culture, and received the degree of D.D. from Brown University, Rhode Island. He was one of the founders of the Baptist Missionary Society, and for the three years following the death of Rev. A. Fuller,… Go to person page >

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First Line: Ah I shall soon be dying
Author: John Ryland

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Ah, I shall soon be dying. J. Ryland. [Death anticipated.] Dr. Ryland's son says that this hymn was written by his father while walking through the streets of London, and dates it 1800, (S. MSS.). This date is an error, as the hymn appeared in the Evangelical Magazine, Oct. 1798, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, as "Reflections," and with the note:—

"The following lines passed through the mind of a country minister as he was walking the streets of London, and considering how far several persons appeared now to be advanced in life whom he had known in their youth a very few years back, and how many others of his acquaintance had been already removed."

The hymn was repeated in the Baptist Register, 1800, p. 312, and in the 27th edition of Rippon's Selections 1827-8, No. 550. pt. iii. From thence it has passed into collections both in Great Britain and America. It is also included in Sedgwick's reprint of Dr. Ryland's Hymns, 1860.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns Suited to the Various Occasions of Public Worship #d8
A Collection of Psalms and Hymns: suited to the various occasions of public worship and private devotion #286Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs Suited to the Various Occasions of Public Worship. 2nd ed. #d5
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: suited to the various occasions of public worship and private devotion of the church of Christ: with an appendix of German hymns #286Page Scan
A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs: suited to the various occasions of public worship and private devotion, of the church of Christ (6th ed.) #286Page Scan
A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors.: including a great number of originals: intended to be an appendix to Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns. (Woodward's rev. and corr. ed.; Sterotype ed.) #550bPage Scan
A Selection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs, from the Most Approved Authors ... of the Church of Christ #d5
Conference Hymns. a new collection of hymns, designed especially for use in conference and prayer meetings, and family worship. #280Page Scan
Hymn and Tune Book for Use in Old School or Primitive Baptist Churches #544Page Scan
Hymns for the Church on Earth: being three hundred and sixty-six hymns and spiritual songs. (For the most part of modern date.) (New Ed.) #28Page Scan
Spiritual Songs for a Month. 1st Am. from the 6th Eng. ed. #d3
Spiritual Songs, Being One Hyndred Hymns Not to be Found in the Hymn Books Commonly Used. New Am. from the Enl. English ed. #d3
The American Repository of Sacred Music #d1
The Baptist Hymn Book: comprising a large and choice collection of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to the faith and order of the Old School, or Primitive Baptists (2nd stereotype Ed.) #1235Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn Book: original and selected: in two parts #823Page Scan
The Bible Hymn Book #d3
The Christian's Harp: containing a choice selection of psalm and hymn tunes, suited to the various metres now in use among the different religious denominations..(Corrected, enlarged and much improved #137Page Scan
The Philharmonia: a collection of tunes, adapted to public and private worship, containing tunes for all the hymns in the English Mennonite Hymn Book, the Gemeinschaftliche ... = Die Philharmonia... #d17
The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #1268bPage Scan
The Southern Psalmist #d12
The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d15



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