Kelly, Thomas, B.A., son of Thomas Kelly, a Judge of the Irish Court of Common Pleas, was born in Dublin, July 13, 1769, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was designed for the Bar, and entered the Temple, London, with that intention; but having undergone a very marked spiritual change he took Holy Orders in 1792. His earnest evangelical preaching in Dublin led Archbishop Fowler to inhibit him and his companion preacher, Rowland Hill, from preaching in the city. For some time he preached in two unconsecrated buildings in Dublin, Plunket Street, and the Bethesda, and then, having seceded from the Established Church, he erected places of worship at Athy, Portarlington, Wexford, &c, in which he conducted divine worship and preached. H… Go to person page >
Come, ye saints, look here and wonder. T. Kelly. [Easter.] First published in 3rd ed. of his Hymns, &c, 1809, No. xvii., in 3 stanzas of 6 lines, and based upon Mark xvi. 6, "Behold the place where they laid Him." It was repeated in his Hymns adapted for Social Worship, Dublin, 1812, No. xxvii. For the 1812 work the text was slightly altered in each stanza, and these alterations, with one exception, noted below, were subsequently adopted as the authorized text. It is given in Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, No. 256, with "blessed regions" for happy regions, in stanza iii., line 3; “blessed regions " is the original reading, and was restored to the text by the author. It is in somewhat extensive use. In Boardman's Selection of Hymns, (1907), Philadelphia, 1860, it is given as "Come, ye saints, draw nigh and wonder;" and in the Hymn Book of the Evangelical Association, Cleveland, Ohio, 1882, as "Come, ye saints, behold and wonder."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed REGENT SQUARE for the Horatius Bonar (PHH 260) doxology "Glory be to God the Father." The tune was first published in the English Presbyterian Church's Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867), of which Smart was music editor. Because the text editor of that hymna…