Thomas Cotterill (b. Cannock, Staffordshire, England, 1779; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1823) studied at St. John's College, Cambridge, England, and became an Anglican clergyman. A central figure in the dispute about the propriety of singing hymns, Cotterill published a popular collection of hymns (including many of his own as well as alterations of other hymns), Selection of Psalms and Hymns in 1810. But when he tried to introduce a later edition of this book in Sheffield in 1819, his congregation protested. Many believed strongly that the Church of England should maintain its tradition of exclusive psalm singing. In a church court the Archbishop of York and Cotterill reached a compromise: the later edition of Selection was withdrawn… Go to person page >
Great God of Abraham, hear our prayer. T. Cotterill. [For the Conversion of the Jews.] First published in the 8th edition of his Selection, 1819, No. 242, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "For the conversion of the Jews." It was repeated in the 9th edition, 1820, and all subsequent reprints of that edition. It is in many modern hymn-books, although it is not so popular as of old; and in several it is ascribed to "Davies," an error which appeared in Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833.