Benjamin Beddome was born at Henley-in Arden, Warwickshire, January 23, 1717. His father was a Baptist minister. He studied at various places, and began preaching in 1740. He was pastor of a Baptist society at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, until his death in 1795. In 1770, he received the degree of M.A. from the Baptist College in Providence, Rhode Island. He published several discourses and hymns. "His hymns, to the number of 830, were published in 1818, with a recommendation from Robert Hall." Montgomery speaks of him as a "writer worthy of honour both for the quantity and the quality of his hymns."
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >
And must I part with all I have? B. Beddome. [Self Denial.] Given in Rippon's Selection, 1787, No. 281, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. It is almost unknown to modem collections in Great Britain, but in America it is found in several hymnals, including the Baptist Hymn & Tune Book 1871; Songs for the Sanctuary, 1865; the Dutch Reformed Hymns for the Church, 1869; Hatfield'a Church Hymn Book, 1872; and others. In all of these, the arrangement of the stanzas and the text varies, both from each other, and from the original. Original text in modern editions of Rippon, and in R. Hall's edition of Beddome's Hymns, 1817, No. 225, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines.
MARTYRDOM was originally an eighteenth-century Scottish folk melody used for the ballad "Helen of Kirkconnel." Hugh Wilson (b. Fenwick, Ayrshire, Scotland, c. 1766; d. Duntocher, Scotland, 1824) adapted MARTYRDOM into a hymn tune in duple meter around 1800. A triple-meter version of the tune was fir…