Benjamin Beddome was born at Henley-in Arden, Warwickshire, January 23, 1717. His father was a Baptist minister. He studied at various places, and began preaching in 1740. He was pastor of a Baptist society at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, until his death in 1795. In 1770, he received the degree of M.A. from the Baptist College in Providence, Rhode Island. He published several discourses and hymns. "His hymns, to the number of 830, were published in 1818, with a recommendation from Robert Hall." Montgomery speaks of him as a "writer worthy of honour both for the quantity and the quality of his hymns."
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >
Ere Christ ascended to His throne. B. Beddome. [Adult Baptism.] Published in his posthumous Hymns, &c, 1817-18, No. 596, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "The Commission." In addition to its limited use in its full form, it is also abbreviated in some American collections. In the Psalmist, 1843, Baptist Praise Book , N. Y., 1871, stanzas iii.-v. are given as, "Blest Saviour, we Thy will obey"; and in the Sabbath Hymn [& Tune] Book., N. Y., 1858 (Bapt edition), the same stanzas as "Dear Saviour, we Thy will obey." These arrangements are not in use in Great Britain.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)