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 >
Beyond, beyond the [that] boundless sea. J. Conder. [Omnipresence of the Holy Spirit.] Appeared in his Star in the East with Other Poems, 1824, pp. 74, 75, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines, headed, "A Thought on the Sea Shore, “Though He be not far from every one of us, Acts xvii. 27;" and dated, "Happisburgh, June, 1822." In 1856 it was repeated in his Hymns of Praise, Prayer, &c, p. 53, with slight changes in stanzas iv. and v. The congregational use of this hymnbook with Curtis's Union Collection, 1827, No. 21, and extended to Conder's Congregational Hymn Book, 1836; the Leeds Hymn Book 1853; the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858; the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859, and others. Its use is fairly extensive, both in Great Britain and in America. In Martineau's Hymns, 1840, and Hymns of Praise and Prayer, 1873, it leads—- "O God, beyond that boundless sea," and stanza iii. is also omitted.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)