Needham, John, was the son of John Needham, Baptist Minister, of Hitchin, Herts, but the date of his birth is unknown. He would doubtless be educated by his father, who was a tutor and in repute as a learned man. In 1750 Needham became co-pastor with John Beddome at the Baptist meetinghouse in the Pithay, Bristol; but, two years later, Beddome having retired through age, a violent controversy arose in the Church with regard to a continuance of the plan of co-pastorship. As the result, Needham and a number of his friends removed to a Baptist meetinghouse in Callowhill Street, where a Mr. Foot was pastor. For a time the two societies used the same builing at different hours, but in 1755 they were united, with Mr. Needham and Mr. Foot as co-pa… Go to person page >
Behold the Prince of Peace. J. Needham. [Meekness and Tenderness of Jesus.] First published in his Hymns, &c, 1768, No. 87, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines. The form, however, in which the hymn beginning with this first line is known is a cento, thus composed:—stanzas i.-iii. as above; stanzas iv., v., "Jesus! Thou light of men," &c; from Needham's "Long had the nations sat," stanzas v., vi. In this form it is found in Sir Josiah Mason's Orphanage Hymn Book, Birmingham, 1882, and others.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: Behold The Prince Of PeaceFirst Line: Behold the Prince of PeaceTune Title: ALMA MATERAuthor: John NeedhamMeter: SMSource: Hymns Devotional and Moral on Various Subjects (Bristol, England: S. Farley, 1768)