Benjamin Beddome was born at Henley-in Arden, Warwickshire, January 23, 1717. His father was a Baptist minister. He studied at various places, and began preaching in 1740. He was pastor of a Baptist society at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, until his death in 1795. In 1770, he received the degree of M.A. from the Baptist College in Providence, Rhode Island. He published several discourses and hymns. "His hymns, to the number of 830, were published in 1818, with a recommendation from Robert Hall." Montgomery speaks of him as a "writer worthy of honour both for the quantity and the quality of his hymns."
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >
If God is mine, then present things. B. Beddome. [Security in God.] This hymn is in common use in two forms:—
1. If God is mine, then present things. This appeared in the 10th ed. of Rippon's Selection, 1800, No. 287, pt. ii., in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and is in somewhat extensive use in America, but usually in an abridged form.
2. If Christ is mine, then all is mine. This was given from Beddome's manuscript in his (posthumous) Hymns, &c, 1817, No. 564, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. This is also in common use and more especially in America. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: If God is mine, then present thingsFirst Line: If God is mine, then present thingsTune Title: BEDFORDAuthor: Benjamin Beddome, 1717-1795Meter: CMSource: John Rippon's Selections, 10th ed. 1800