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 the hour when this material. J. Conder. [The Invisible State.] Published in Collyer's Collection, 1812, No. 898, in 8 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed “The Invisible State; or, ‘absent from the Body present with the Lord’ Rev. vii. 15-17." It was repeated in the Congregational Hymn Book, 1836, No. 620, and again in Conder's posthumous Hymns of Praise, Prayer, &c, 1856, p. 192. It is in common use in its full form, as in the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853. A cento therefrom is also in use as "Jesus, blessed Mediator." This cento is popular in America.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
O the hour when this material, p. 849, ii. This hymn appeared in The Associated Minstrels, 2nd ed., 1811, and then in Collyer's Collection, 1812. Another cento is "Through life's vapours dimly seeing."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)