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Randall, Thomas, M.A., was born in 1711, and studied at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated M.A. in 1730. In 1739 he became parish minister of Inchture, Perthshire, and in 1770 minister of the East Church, Stirling. He died at Stirling, July 21, 1780. He was one of those added in 1714 to the Committee of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland which compiled the Translations and Paraphrases of 1745. To him is ascribed No. 11 in the collection of 1745, No. 49 in that of 1781. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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Though all men's eloquence adorned. T. Randall. [Love.] First appeared as No. 11 in the Draft Scottish Translations and Paraphrases, 1745, as a version of 1 Cor. xiii., in 14 stanzas of 4 lines. In the Draft of 1781, No. 49, slightly altered, and beginning "Though perfect eloquence adorn'd." Thence with stanza iv. and stanza iii. 1, 2, rewritten in the public worship edition issued in that year by the Church of Scotland and still in use. In the markings by the eldest daughter of W. Cameron, the original is ascribed to T. Randall, and the alterations in 1781 to W. Cameron. In the English Presbyterian Psalms & Hymns, 1867, the text of 1781 was included as Nos. 281-283, No. 282 beginning "Love suffers long, love envies not" (stanza v.), and No. 283 beginning with stanza x., "Here all our gifts imperfect are." It is also found in the following forms:—
1. Though every grace my speech adorn'd, beginning with stanzas i. altered in the Springfield Collection, 1835, No. 247 (American).
2. Love still shall hold an endless reign, stanzas ix., x., xii.-xiv. in Morison's Hymns, 1860, No. 161.
3. 'Tis Love shall hold an endless reign, stanzas ix., x., xiii., xiv. in Twickenham Chapel Collection, 1845, p. 64.
4. Faith, hope, and love, now dwell on earth, stanzas xiii., xiv. in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 104, and in America in Adams & Chapin's Collection, 1846, No. 387. (Compare Watts's Hymns, Bk. i., Nos. 133, 134.) [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]