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 >
God is our Refuge, ever near. J. Conder. [Ps. xlvi.] Appeared in his Congregational Hymn Book, 1836, No. 403, in 2 stanzas of 7 lines. When repeated in his work, The Choir and The Oratory, in the following year (Preface, Nov. 8, 1836), 16 lines were added thereto, but in another metre. These lines were omitted in his Hymns of Praise, Prayer, &c, 1856, p. 14, and also from all modern hymnals. Original text in New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859, No. 64.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)