Hart, Joseph, was born in London in 1712. His early life is involved in obscurity. His education was fairly good; and from the testimony of his brother-in-law, and successor in the ministry in Jewin Street, the Rev. John Hughes, "his civil calling was" for some time "that of a teacher of the learned languages." His early life, according to his own Experience which he prefaced to his Hymns, was a curious mixture of loose conduct, serious conviction of sin, and endeavours after amendment of life, and not until Whitsuntide, 1757, did he realize a permanent change, which was brought about mainly through his attending divine service at the Moravian Chapel, in Fetter Lane, London, and hearing a sermon on Rev. iii. 10. During the next two years ma… Go to person page >
Buried in baptism with our Lord. [Holy Baptism.] Two centos beginning with this first line are in common use. They are:—
1. Hymn No. 942 in the Moravian Liturgy and Hymns, 1849, in 2 stanzas of 4 lines, of which stanza i. is from J. Hart's Supplemental Hymns, &c., 1762, No. 76, stanza i; and stanza ii. is from the Moravian Hymn Book, 1789, No. 544.
2. In the American Service of Song for Baptist Churches, Boston, 1871, No. 831 is thus composed:—-stanzas i., ii. from Hart's hymn as above: stanza iii., the second stanza of the Moravian cento, slightly altered.