Grigg, Joseph, was born in 1728, according to the D. Sedgwick’s Manuscript," but this date seems to be some six or eight years too late. He was the son of poor parents and was brought up to mechanical pursuits. In 1743 he forsook his trade and became assistant minister to the Rev. Thomas Bures, of the Presbyterian Church, Silver Street, London. On the death of Mr. Bures in 1747, he retired from the ministry, and, marrying a lady of property, look up his residence at St. Albans. He died at Walthamstow, Essex, Oct. 29, 1768. As a hymnwriter Grigg is chiefly known by two of his hymns, "Behold a stranger at the door"; and "Jesus, and can it ever be?" His hymnwriting began, it is said, at ten years of age. His published works of various kinds… Go to person page >
There is disagreement about the authorship of this text. The DNAH information claims the author is Helen E. Brown, however, later information points to Joseph Grigg as author.
At Jacob's well a stranger sought. [Christ at the Well.] In Dunderdale's Psalms & Hymns, 1817, No. 260; and also in the Supplement to the Evangelistic Magazine, Dec. 1820, p. 574, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines. In both instances it is Anon.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)