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 Thou God Who hearest prayer, Every hour, &c. J. Conder. [Lent; or, In Affliction.] Written whilst suffering from a severe accident through a fall from a horse, and first published in his Star in the East, &c, 1824, p. 72, in 5 stanzas of 6 lines, and dated "Sep. 20, 1820." It was included in The Congregational Hymn Book, 1836, No. 590; and in Conder's posthumous Hymns of Praise, Prayer, &c, 1856, p. 77. In modern hymnals it is given in its full and also in an abridged form.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Converted to Christianity as a youth at a mission in Buffalo, New York, Marcus Morris Wells (b. Cooperstown, NY, 1815; d. Hartwick, NY, 1895) spent most of his life near Hartwick as a farmer and maker of farm implements. He is remembered in hymnody for writing both the text and tune of "Holy Spirit,…