Benjamin Beddome was born at Henley-in Arden, Warwickshire, January 23, 1717. His father was a Baptist minister. He studied at various places, and began preaching in 1740. He was pastor of a Baptist society at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, until his death in 1795. In 1770, he received the degree of M.A. from the Baptist College in Providence, Rhode Island. He published several discourses and hymns. "His hymns, to the number of 830, were published in 1818, with a recommendation from Robert Hall." Montgomery speaks of him as a "writer worthy of honour both for the quantity and the quality of his hymns."
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >
My times of sorrow and of joy. B. Beddome. [Resignation.] Written on Jan. 4, 1778, and published in Rippon's Baptist Selection, 1787, No. 276, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "Resignation; or God's Portion." In R. Hall's posthumous edition of Beddome's Hymns, &c, 1817, No. 222, it is simply entitled "Resignation." It is a striking coincidence that, unknown to Beddome, his son, Dr. Benjamin Beddome, died of a fever in Edinburgh on the day that this hymn was written. Dr. Rippon says, in the Baptist Register, 1794, that the father preached on that day (Sunday) from Psalms xxxi. 15, "My times are in Thy hand," and that this hymn was sung at the close of the Sermon. It is very plaintive, and well suited for private use. It is in several modern collections, including the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858 and 1880.
Composed by John B. Dykes (PHH 147), BEATITUDO was published in the revised edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern (1875), where it was set to Isaac Watts' "How Bright Those Glorious Spirits Shine." Originally a word coined by Cicero, BEATITUDO means "the condition of blessedness."
Like many of Dykes's…