Edmeston, James, born Sept. 10, 1791. His maternal grandfather was the Rev. Samuel Brewer, who for 50 years was the pastor of an Independent congregation at Stepney. Educated as an architect and surveyor, in 1816 he entered upon his profession on his own account, and continued to practice it until his death on Jan. 7, 1867. The late Sir G. Gilbert Scott was his pupil. Although an Independent by descent he joined the Established Church at a comparatively early age, and subsequently held various offices, including that of churchwarden, in the Church of St. Barnabas, Homerton. His hymns number nearly 2000. The best known are “Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us” and "Saviour, breathe an evening blessing." Many of his hymns were written for c… Go to person page >
Another day has past along. J. Edmeston. [Sunday Evening.] In his Cottage Minstrel, 1821, a hymn of 4 stanzas appeared with the above first line, as No. 2, and headed "Lord, teach us to pray," while, as No. 10, "The Cottager's Reflections upon the Sabbath Evening," another hymn of 5 stanzas, "Sweet is the light of Sabbath eve," was given. In Hatfield's American Church Hymn Book, 1872, a cento from these was given as No. 48, consisting of stanza i. of the first-named hymn, and stanzas i., ii., iii. and v. of the latter, with slight alterations. [William T. Brooke]
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Lowell Mason (PHH 96) composed HAMBURG (named after the German city) in 1824. The tune was published in the 1825 edition of Mason's Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music. Mason indicated that the tune was based on a chant in the first Gregorian tone.
HAMBURG is a very simple tune with…