Philip Doddridge (b. London, England, 1702; d. Lisbon, Portugal, 1751) belonged to the Non-conformist Church (not associated with the Church of England). Its members were frequently the focus of discrimination. Offered an education by a rich patron to prepare him for ordination in the Church of England, Doddridge chose instead to remain in the Non-conformist Church. For twenty years he pastored a poor parish in Northampton, where he opened an academy for training Non-conformist ministers and taught most of the subjects himself. Doddridge suffered from tuberculosis, and when Lady Huntington, one of his patrons, offered to finance a trip to Lisbon for his health, he is reputed to have said, "I can as well go to heaven from Lisbon as from Nort… Go to person page >
God of my life, Thy constant care. P. Doddridge. [New Year.] First published in his (posthumous) Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 134, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "The possibility of dying this Year, Jeremiah xxviii. 16; For New Year's Day." In 1839 it was republished, with slight variations in the text, in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the Hymns, &c, No. 152. In Dr. Dale's English Hymn Book, 1874, No. 1174, stanzas i., iv.-vi., and in Common Praise, 1879, No. 325, stanzas i., iii., v., are given in each case as "God of our life, Thy constant care." An arrangement of stanzas ii.-v. also appeared in Cotterill's Selection, 1810, and later editions, as, "How many kindred souls are fled." This is repeated in a few modern collections.
TRURO is an anonymous tune, first published in Thomas Williams's Psalmodia Evangelica, (second vol., 1789) as a setting for Isaac Watts' "Now to the Lord a noble song." Virtually nothing is known about this eighteenth-century British editor of the two-volume Psalmodia Evangelica, a collection of thr…
Display Title: God Of My Life, Thy Constant CareFirst Line: God of my life, Thy constant careTune Title: TRUROAuthor: Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751Meter: LMSource: Published posthumously in Hymns, founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures,/cite> by Job Orton (Shropshire, England: J. Eddowes & J. Cotton, 1755)