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Let us ask the important question

Author: Joseph Hart

Hart, Joseph, was born in London in 1712. His early life is involved in obscurity. His education was fairly good; and from the testimony of his brother-in-law, and successor in the ministry in Jewin Street, the Rev. John Hughes, "his civil calling was" for some time "that of a teacher of the learned languages." His early life, according to his own Experience which he prefaced to his Hymns, was a curious mixture of loose conduct, serious conviction of sin, and endeavours after amendment of life, and not until Whitsuntide, 1757, did he realize a permanent change, which was brought about mainly through his attending divine service at the Moravian Chapel, in Fetter Lane, London, and hearing a sermon on Rev. iii. 10. During the next two years ma… Go to person page >

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First Line: Let us ask the important question
Author: Joseph Hart


Let us ask the important question. J. Hart. [Passiontide.] Published in his Hymns, &c, 1759, No. 56, in two parts, the second being "Great High Priest, we view Thee stooping," and headed "Faith and Repentance." Pt. i., in 5 stanzas of 8 lines, asks and answers the important question, "What is it to be a Christian?" and Pt. ii., in 3 stanzas of 8 lines, is a Prayer based upon the answer given in Pt. i. Both parts are in common use, but the second ("Great High Priest, &c"), which is by far the finer of the two, is also by far the more popular. It is in several collections in Great Britain and America. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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A Collection of Hymns for the use of Christians #M.XVIIIPage Scan
A Collection of Revival Hymns and Plantation Melodies #42
A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs from the Best Authors #d116
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General Collection of Hymns, Original and Selected, for Use of Christians #d180
Hymns and Psalms, Original and Modern, Selected and Revised #d201
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Selected and Original. 7th ed. #d254
Hymns, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. (5th ed. corr.) #89Page Scan
Hymns, Original and Selected, for the use of Christians #d137
Hymns, Original and Selected, for the Use of Christians. 8th ed. #d150
Hymns: composed on various subjects (4th ed., Rev. and Corr.) #56Page Scan
Old School Sonnets, or a Selection of Choice Hymns #d148
The Baptist Hymn Book: comprising a large and choice collection of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, adapted to the faith and order of the Old School, or Primitive Baptists (2nd stereotype Ed.) #518Page Scan
The Christians' Songster #d62
The Cluster of Spiritual Songs, Divine Hymns and Sacred Poems: being chiefly a collection (3rd ed. rev.) #DLXXPage Scan
The Evangelical Songster: or, a New Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d54
The Melody of the Heart #d29
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