Josiah Conder was born in London, in 1789. He became a publisher, and in 1814 became proprietor of "The Eclectic Review." Subsequently to 1824, he composed a series of descriptive works, called the "Modern Traveller," which appeared in thirty volumes. He also published several volumes of poems and hymns. He was the author of the first "Congregational Hymn Book" (1836). He died in 1855.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >
As much have I of worldly good. J. Conder. [Contentment]. Appeared in his vStar in the East, and Other Poems, 1824, pp. 60-61, in 4 stanzas of 6 lines and entitled "The Poor Man's Hymn, 'Hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom,’ James, ii. 5." In 1856 it was repeated in his Hymns of Praise, Prayer, &c, p. 147, and headed with the text, "The disciple is not above his Master," Luke vi. 40. The congregational use of this hymn began with Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833, and Conder's Congregational Hymn Book, 1836, No. 433. It was repeated by the New Congregational Hym Book, 1859, No. 348, and Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, No. 740.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)