John Cennick was born at Reading, Berkshire, in the year 1717. He became acquainted with Wesley and Whitefield, and preached in the Methodist connection. On the separation of Wesley and Whitefield he joined the latter. In 1745, he attached himself to the Moravians, and made a tour in Germany to fully acquaint himself with the Moravian doctrines. He afterwards ministered in Dublin, and in the north of Ireland. He died in London, in 1755, and was buried in the Moravian Cemetery, Chelsea. He was the author of many hymns, some of which are to be found in every collection.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >
Thou dear [great] Redeemer, dying Lamb. J.Cennick. [The Holy Name Jesus.] Published in his Sacred Hymns, &c, Pt. iii., 1743-44, p. 143. It was included in the 1875 edition of the Wesleyan Hymn Book as "Thou great Redeemer, dying Lamb." In the English Moravian Hymn Book, 1886, it is given in 3 stanzas, and begins with the original first line.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: Thou Dear Redeemer, Dying LambFirst Line: Thou dear Redeemer, dying LambTune Title: EMMONSAuthor: John CennickMeter: CMSource: Sacred Hymns for the Children of God in the Days of Their Pilgrimage, 1743