Williams, Benjamin, 1725-1795. Presbyterian minister at Salisbury, who in addition to a volume of Sermons, 1770, and the Salisbury Hymn Book, 1778, published The Book of Psalms as translated, paraphrased or imitated by some of the most eminent English poets, &c. Salisbury, 1781. His best known hymn, "Holy, holy, holy Lord," in celebration of the Divine Goodness, is in his own Collection, Kippis, Martineau’s Hymns for the Christian Church and Home, Martineau’s Hymns of Praise and Prayer, and Belfast Collection.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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Author: William Dodd
William Dodd (29 May 1729 – 27 June 1777) was an English Anglican clergyman and a man of letters. He lived extravagantly, and was nicknamed the "Macaroni Parson". He dabbled in forgery in an effort to clear his debts, was caught, convicted, and, despite a public campaign for a Royal pardon, became the last person to be hanged at Tyburn for forgery.
Dodd was born in Bourne in Lincolnshire, the son of the local vicar. He attended Clare Hall in the University of Cambridge from 1745 to 1750, where he achieved academic success and graduated as a wrangler. He then moved to London, where his spendthrift habits soon left him in debt. He married impulsively on 15 April 1751, to Mary Perkins, daughter of a domestic servant, leaving his financ… Go to person page >
The tune MONKLAND has a fascinating if complex history. Rooted in a tune for the text "Fahre fort" in Johann A. Freylinghausen's (PHH 34) famous hymnal, Geistreiches Gesangbuch (1704), it then was significantly altered by John Antes (b. Frederick, PA, 1740; d. Bristol, England, 1811) in a Moravian m…