Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >
Come, our indulgent Saviour, come. P. Doddridge. [Easter.] First published in J. Orton's ed. of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 245, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled “The Disciples' Joy at Christ's appearance to them after the Resurrection." It was also given in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839. The form in which it is usually known is, "Come, condescending Saviour, come." This was given in the Bristol Collection of Ash & Evans, 1769, No. 211. It was repeated in Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833, and other collections, and was thus handed down to the modern hymnals. In Dr. Alexander's Augustine Hymn Book, 1849-65, stanzas i., ii., and iv. are given as, "Come, great and gracious Saviour, come"; and in the Baptist Hymnal, 1879, stanzas iv. and v. as, "Enter our hearts, Redeemer blest."