Thomas Olivers was born in Tregonan, Montgomeryshire, in 1725. His youth was one of profligacy, but under the ministry of Whitefield, he was led to a change of life. He was for a time apprenticed to a shoemaker, and followed his trade in several places. In 1763, John Wesley engaged him as an assistant; and for twenty-five years he performed the duties of an itinerant ministry. During the latter portion of his life he was dependent on a pension granted him by the Wesleyan Conference. He died in 1799.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872.… Go to person page >
O Thou God of my salvation. T. Olivers. [Praise to the Saviour.] This hymn we attribute to T. Olivers on the following evidence.
1. It appeared at the end of A Short Account of the Death of Mary Langson of Taxall, in Cheshire, who died January the 20th, 1769. Printed in the Year MDCCLXXI.
2. We find it next in the Wesley Pocket Hymn Book, York, 1774 (5th ed., 1786, No. 171, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines). Through this Pocket Hymn Book it passed into American Use, where, abbreviated and re-arranged, it is still somewhat popular.
3. T. Olivers was the Superintendent of the Methodist Circuit in which Taxall was included, in 1769-71, and is usually regarded as the author of the Short Account, &c, as above, and the hymn appended thereto.
4. From the manuscript evidence in our possession (the S. MSS.), we feel that the ascription of the authorship to Olivers is correct.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
Henry T. Smart (PHH 233) composed REGENT SQUARE for the Horatius Bonar (PHH 260) doxology "Glory be to God the Father." The tune was first published in the English Presbyterian Church's Psalms and Hymns for Divine Worship (1867), of which Smart was music editor. Because the text editor of that hymna…
Display Title: O Thou God of My SalvationFirst Line: O Thou God of my salvationTune Title: [O Thou God of my salvation]Author: Thomas OliversScripture: Exodus 3:14; Psalm 25:5; Titus 2:11Date: 1980Subject: Christ | Savior; Praise | of Christ