An orphan at the age of twelve, John Fawcett (b. Lidget Green, Yorkshire, England, 1740; d. Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire, 1817) became apprenticed to a tailor and was largely self-educated. He was converted by the preaching of George Whitefield at the age of sixteen and began preaching soon thereafter. In 1765 Fawcett was called to a small, poor, Baptist country church in Wainsgate, Yorkshire. Seven years later he received a call from the large and influential Carter's Lane Church in London, England. Fawcett accepted the call and preached his farewell sermon. The day of departure came, and his family's belongings were loaded on carts, but the distraught congregation begged him to stay. In Singers and Songs of the Church (1869), Josiah Miller te… Go to person page >
Thou Who dost my life prolong. J. Fawcett. [Morning.] Published in his Hymns, &c, 1782, No. 51, in 14 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "A Morning Hymn." In a few American hymnbooks, including Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, 1872, it is abbreviated to 5 stanzas .