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 >
Great Ruler of all nature's frame. P. Doddridge. [Providence.] In the "D. Manuscript." this hymn is No. 54, is headed "God's mercy in moderating the storms of affliction, from Is. xxvii. 8," and is dated "Dec. 10, 1737." The same text was given in the posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 92, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and again in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839, No. 108. Its use in Great Britain is limited, but in America it is extensive. The hymn, "Maker of all things, mighty Lord," by E. Osier, in Hall's Mitre Hymn Book, 1836, No. 48, is composed of stanzas i., ii. from this hymn (altered), and the rest by Osier.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: Great Ruler of All Nature's FrameFirst Line: Great Ruler of all nature's frameTune Title: ST. MARTIN'SAuthor: Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751Meter: CMSource: published posthumously in Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures, by Job Orton (J. Eddowes and J. Cotton, 1755)