Evans, Jonathan, born at Coventry in 1748 or 1749. He was the son of a working man, and as a youth was employed in a ribbon manufactory. About 1778 he joined the congregation at Coventry, over which the Rev. G. Burder was pastor. He began preaching at Foleshill, near Coventry, in 1782, and in 1795 he began his stated ministry there, retaining the same to his death on Aug. 31, 1809. Two biographical notices of him appeared in the Evangelical Magazine (Oct. 1809, and March 1847), and also several of his hymns. Two of his hymns appeared in Burder's Collection, 1784, and another in the 2nd edition the same year. His best known hymns are, "Come, Thou soul-transforming Spirit,” and "Hark! the voice of love and mercy;" q.v. He published no poeti… Go to person page >
Let saints on earth their anthems [voices] raise. J. Evans. [Praise to Jesus as the Prince of Peace.] Published in the 2nd edition of Burder'sCollection of Hymns, 1784, No. 191, in 4 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed “Prince of Peace." It is found in several modern hymnbooks, as Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866; Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, and others.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)