Houghton, Pendlebury, 1758-1824. Minister at the Octagon Chapel, Norwich, and from 1812-1823 at Paradise Street Chapel, Liverpool. His hymn on The reunion of friends after death, "Blest be the hour when friends shall meet," is in Martineau’s Hymns for the Christian Church and Home, Martineau’s Hymns of Praise and Prayer, and J. P. Hopp’s Collection, 1877; Sometimes as:— "Blest hour when virtuous friends shall meet."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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Blest hour, when righteous souls shall meet. This in the American Sabbath Hymn Book, 1858, is an altered form of P. Houghton's hymn noted on p, 1196, ii.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)