Doddridge, Philip, D.D., was born in London, June 26, 1702. His grandfather was one of the ministers under the Commonwealth, who were ejected in 1662. His father was a London oilman. He was offered by the Duchess of Bedford an University training for ordination in the Church of England, but declined it. He entered Mr. Jennings's non-conformist seminary at Kibworth instead; preached his first sermon at Hinckley, to which Mr. Jennings had removed his academy. In 1723 he was chosen pastor at Kibworth. In 1725 he changed his residence to Market Harborough, still ministering at Kibworth. The settled work of his life as a preceptor and divine began in 1729, with his appointment to the Castle Hill Meeting at Northampton, and continued till in the… Go to person page >
Sovereign of all the worlds on high. P. Doddridge. [Adoption.] This is No. 78 in the D. MSS., in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, is headed, "Adoption argued from a filial temper, on Gal. iv. 6," and is dated "June 17, 1739." It was repeated, without alteration, in Job Orton's posthumous edition of Doddridge's Hymns, &c, 1755, No. 281, but with the title changed to "A filial Temper the Work of the Spirit, and a proof of Adoption. Gal. iv. 6." In J. D. Humphreys's edition of the same, 1839, No. 307, the 1755 heading is repeated, but the text is changed in stanzas iv. 1. 3, from "Thou know'st, I Abba, Father, cry," to "And thus, I Abba, Father, cry." It is in common use in its original form, and as, “ My Father God! how sweet the sound" (stanzas ii.).
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)