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 >
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.
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)