Swaine, Edward, born at London, Sep. 21, 1795. He was for about 40 years a deacon of Craven Chapel (Congregational) under the pastorate of Dr. Leifchild and others; one of the directors of the London Missionary Society, and founder and chairman of the Pastors' Insurance Aid Society. He died April 22, 1862. (Miller's Singers and Songs, 1869, p. 441.) Mr. Swaine wrote several tracts, and also printed for private circulation The Hand of God, A Fragment, with Poems, Hymns, and Versions of Psalms, 1889. His hymns, "Hail! blessed communion of love" (Holy Communion), and "Lord Jesus, let Thy watchful care" (For Emigrants), were written in 1855 for the New Congregational Hymn Book, and given therein, 1859.
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