Batty, Christopher, born at Newby Cote, near Settle, Yorkshire, 1715, died April 19, 1797. He was a member of the "Inghamites," a religious denomination located principally in the northern parts of the counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire. He assisted James Allen (q. v.) in the production of the Kendal Hymn Book, 1757, to which he contributed 31 hymns. Very few of these are in common use at the present time. His "Captain of Thine enlisted host" (Missions ), from the Kendal Hymn Book. 1757, is found in Kemble's Collection, 1853, No. 475, and in Spurgeon's 0ur Own Hymn Book, No. 968. He completed his brother's poem, Messiah's Kingdom, which was printed in 1792.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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Captain of Thine enlisted host. C. Batty. [Missions.] Appeared in the Kendal Hymn Book, 1757, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and from thence passed into one of the early editions of Lady Huntingdon's Collection From that Collection stanzas i.-iii. were taken by Williams and Boden, 1801. This form of the hymn has descended to several modern collections, including the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859, No. 921, where, however, it is attributed to C. Wesley in error. Snepps's text, in his Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, is stanzas i., iii., and iv. altered.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)