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 >
Let Jacob to his Maker sing. P. Doddridge. [God the Guide of Israel.] First published in Job Orton's edition of Doddridge's (posthumous) Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 102, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and again in J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839, No. 118. It is in common use in its full form in America, and also, beginning with stanza ii. as "God knows our souls in all their fears," in the Boston Church Pastorals, 1864.
Display Title: Let Jacob To His Maker SingFirst Line: Let Jacob to his maker singTune Title: LOUELLAAuthor: Philip Doddridge, 1702-1751Meter: LMSource: Published posthumously in Hymns, Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures by Job Orton (Shropshire, England: Joshua Eddowes & John Cotton, 1755)