Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >
And will the majesty of heaven? P. Doddridge. [Condescension.] This hymn on Ezek. xxxiv. 31, is in the "D. MSS." but undated. It was published by J. Orton in his edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 144, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, with slight differences from the manuscript and with the manuscript title of “God, the Shepherd of Men," expanded to "God's Condescension in becoming the Shepherd of Men." It was also republished in J. D. Humphreys's edition of Doddridge, 1839.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)