Simon Browne was born at Shepton Mallet, Somersetshire, about 1680. He began to preach as an "Independent" before he was twenty years of age, and was soon after settled at Portsmouth. In 1716, he became pastor in London. In 1723, he met with some misfortunes, which preyed upon his mind, and produced that singular case of monomania, recorded in the text-books of Mental Philosophy; he thought that God had "annihilated in him the thinking substance, and utterly divested him of consciousness." "Notwithstanding," says Toplady, "instead of having no soul, he wrote, reasoned, and prayed as if he had two." He died in 1732. His publications number twenty-three, of which some are still in repute.
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Jesus, my Saviour, and my King. S. Browne. [Prayer for Unity.] 1 First published in his Hymns and Spiritual Songs, 1720, Book i., No. 147, in 4 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed, “Prayer for brotherly love." In its original form it is not in common use. The following centos are associated therewith:—
1. 0 God, our Saviour, and our King. This is No. 1186 in Kennedy, 1863, where stanza i., ii. are from this hymn, and stanza iii., iv. are from J .Wesley's translation "0 Thou to Whose all searching sight", stanzas iii. and iv. altered.
2. 0 Lord, my Saviour, and my King. No. 645 in the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858, is from Browne's, hymn, but somewhat altered.