Great God of heaven and nature, rise

Great God of heaven and nature, rise

Author: Philip Doddridge
Published in 1 hymnal

Author: Philip Doddridge

Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >

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First Line: Great God of heaven and nature, rise
Author: Philip Doddridge

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Great God of heaven and nature, rise. P. Doddridge. [National Fast.] In the Doddridge Manuscript, No. 83, this hymn is dated "An hymn for the Fast day, Jan. 9, 1739/40." The Fast day was that appointed at the opening of the war with Spain. The hymn was published in J. Orton's (posthumous) edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 368, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and with the more general heading, "An Hymn for a Fast-day in Time of War"; and again, with slight variations, in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839, No. 395. In some collections, as Mercer, the New Congregational Hymn Book, and others, it is abridged, and begins, "Great God of heaven and earth, arise." It is found in both forms in several modern collections. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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