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 >
Churches of Christ, by God's right hand. J. Conder. [Colonial Missions.] Appeared in his Congregational Hymn Book, 1836, No. 500, in 4 stanzas of 6 lines, and based upon the words,"Make straight in the desert a highway for our God." It was repeated in The Choir and The Oratory, 1837, p. 261, and entitled, “The Claims of our Colonies." Also in his Hymns of Praise, Prayer, &c, 1856, p. 120. In the New Congregational Hymn Book, No. 905, it is given without alteration. It is one of the very few hymns which recognizes the claims of our colonies upon the prayers and assistance, in matters spiritual, of the mother country, and as such, although not a hymn of any great merit, it is yet deserving of more extended use.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)