Josiah Conder was born in London, in 1789. He became a publisher, and in 1814 became proprietor of "The Eclectic Review." Subsequently to 1824, he composed a series of descriptive works, called the "Modern Traveller," which appeared in thirty volumes. He also published several volumes of poems and hymns. He was the author of the first "Congregational Hymn Book" (1836). He died in 1855.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >
O God! to Whom the happy dead. J. Conder. [All Saints' Day.] Appeared in the Congregational Hymn Book, 1836, No. 171, in 2 stanzas of 6 lines, and headed, "Whose faith follow." In his work The Choir and the Oratory, 1837, p. 230, it was republished as a "Collect," in metre. It is a paraphrase of the words in the prayer "For the whole state of Christ's Church Militant here on earth," in the Office for Holy Communion in the Book of Common Prayer:-
And we also bless Thy Holy Name, for all Thy servants departed this life in Thy faith and fear; beseeching Thee to give us grace so to follow their good examples, that with them we may be partakers of Thy heavenly kingdom: Grant this, 0 Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Mediator and Advocate."
This hymn was repeated in the author's Hymns of Praise, Praye, &c, 1856, p. 106, and is given in several modern hymn-books. In some it reads, "O God, in Whom the happy dead"; in others, "O God with Whom the happy dead; and in others, "O God, to Whom the faithful dead." With these exceptions the text is usually given in its original form.
Display Title: O God, in whom the happy deadFirst Line: O God, in whom the happy deadTune Title: BRIDEHEADAuthor: Josiah ConderMeter: C. P. M.Date: 1890Subject: Sunday after New Year | ; The Church | The Communion of Saints
Display Title: O God, to whom the faithful deadFirst Line: O God, to whom the faithful deadTune Title: ST. JUSTINAuthor: Josiah Conder, 1789-1855Meter: 8 8.6. D.Date: 1933Subject: The Church | Militant and Triumphant; Times and Seasons | Funerals and Memorial Services