Reed, Andrew, D.D., son of Andrew Reed, was born in London on Nov. 27, 1787, and educated for the Congregational Ministry at Hackney College, London. He was first the pastor of the New Road Chapel, St. George's-in-the-East, and then of the Wycliffe Chapel, which was built through his exertions in 1830. His degree was conferred by Yule College, America. He died Feb. 25, 1862. As the founder of "The London Orphan Asylum," "The Asylum for Fatherless Children," “The Asylum for Idiots” "The Infant Orphan Asylum," and "The Hospital for Incurables," Dr. Reed is more fully known, and will be longer remembered than by his literary publications. His Hymn Book was the growth of years. The preparation began in 1817, when he published a Supplement… Go to person page >
Ah, Jesus, let me hear Thy voice. A. Reed. [Desiring Christ.] Contributed to his Supplement to Dr. Watts, 1817, No. 108, and also included in his Hymn Book, 1842, No. 335 in 5 stanzas of 4 lines under the title, “Desiring Christ." It was republished in the Wyclife Chapel Supplement, 1872, No. 14. Its use in Great Britain is very limited, but in America it is regarded with great favour. In his Church Hymn Book Dr. Hatfield omits stanza 4. Original text in Lyra Britanica, p. 476, and Schaff’s Christ in Song, 1869.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)