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 >
Far from my thoughts, vain world, depart. J. Conder. [Holy Communion.] Appeared in his Congregational Hymn Book, 1836, No. 148, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, on the words, "He was known of them in breaking of bread." In this same form it was repeated in his work The Choir and the Oratory, 1837, p. 190; and again in his Hymns of Praise, Prayer, &c, 185&, p. 85. A rearrangement of this hymn, given in the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, No. 727, is more popular than the original. It begins with stanza iii., "Lord, in this blest and hallowed hour," and is composed of stanzas iii., ii. and iv. Another arrangement is stanzas iii., ii., iv.-vi. This is in the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858.