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 >
Father, to Thy sinful child. J. Conder. [Lent.] Appeared in his Congregational Hymn Book, 1836, No. 517, in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and based upon the words "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors." In the following year it was republished in his work The Choir and The Oratory, 1837, p. 35, as Pt. v. of "The Lord's Prayer in Six Parts," and again in his Hymns of Praise, Prayer, &c, 1856, p. 138. In the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859, No. 535, stanza vi. is omitted, and slight changes are also introduced. In Martineau's Hymns, &c, 1840 and 1873, a part of this hymn is given as, “Lord, forgive me day by day " (stanza iii.)
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)