Medley, Samuel, born June 23, 1738, at Cheshunt, Herts, where his father kept a school. He received a good education; but not liking the business to which he was apprenticed, he entered the Royal Navy. Having been severely wounded in a battle with the French fleet off Port Lagos, in 1759, he was obliged to retire from active service. A sermon by Dr. Watts, read to him about this time, led to his conversion. He joined the Baptist Church in Eagle Street, London, then under the care of Dr. Gifford, and shortly afterwards opened a school, which for several years he conducted with great success. Having begun to preach, he received, in 1767, a call to become pastor of the Baptist church at Watford. Thence, in 1772, he removed to Byrom Street, Liv… Go to person page >
This hymn has appeared in many altered forms, but we believe this text, published just after Medley’s death, is probably close to the orignal. Julian, page 722, states Medley’s hymn was first printed in the June 1776 issue of the Gospel Magazine. But even this usually authoritative researcher seems to be in error, as we cannot find Medley’s hymn in that issue of the magazine. The version below appeared in Hymns. The Public Worship and Private Devotions of True Christians Assisted, in Some Thoughts in Verse: Principally Drawn from Select Passages of the Word of God, by Samuel Medley (London: J. Johnson, 1800), number 122.
Display Title: O For A Heart Prepared To SingFirst Line: O for a heart prepared to singTune Title: MELMOREAuthor: Samuel Medley, 1738-1799Meter: LMSource: Hymns. The Public Worship and Private Devotions of True Christians Assisted, in Some Thoughts in Verse: Principally Drawn from Select Passages of the Word of God by Samuel Medley (London: J. Johnson, 1800)