Wreford, John Reynell, an English Unitarian minister, was born December 12, 1800, at Barnstaple; educated at Manchester College, and in 1826 became pastor of a Church in Birmingham. In 1831, on account of the failure of his voice, he withdrew from the active work of the ministry and, in conjunction with Rev. Hugh Hutton, established a school at Edgbaston. He wrote a History of Presbyterian Nonconformity in Birmingham, 1832, and Lays of Loyalty, 1837. He contributed fifty-five hymns to Rev. J. R. Beard's Collection, 1837. His most popular and valuable hymn is the one given in this book. The last years of his life were spent in retirement at Bristol, where he died in 1891.
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When my love to Christ [God] grows cold [weak]. J. B. Wreford. [Passiontide.] Contributed to J. K. Beard's Unitarian Collection of Hymns, 1837, No. 140, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "Christ's Agony and Crucifixion." In the American Unitarian Book of Hymns, 1848, No. 144, it was given in a rewritten form of 5 stanzas. The alterations were made by S. Longfellow, one of the editors. This text has passed into several hymn-books in Great Britain, as in Thring's Collection, 1882 with a doxology. Horder's Congregational Hymns, 1884, &c.; and as "When my love to God grows weak," in Martineau's Hymns, &c, 1873.
Orlando Gibbons (PHH 167) composed SONG 13 in soprano and bass parts. Used as a setting for a text from the Song of Songs, the tune was published in George Withers' Hymnes and Songs of the Church (1623) as hymn number 13 (hence the tune name).
As in other hymnals, the melody is presented in a simpli…
Display Title: When my love for Christ grows weakFirst Line: When my love for Christ grows weakTune Title: SONG 13Author: John Reynell Wreford, 1800-1881Meter: 77 77Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:21; 1 Corinthians 15:57; 1 John 4:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:10; Hebrews 2:10; Hebrews 5:7; John 18:1; John 19:7; Luke 22:40-46; Luke 23:1-49; Luke 23:33; Mark 9:24; Mark 14:32-40; Matthew 26:36-44; Matthew 27:33Date: 2011Subject: Jesus Christ the Suffering Servant: The Passion and The Cross |
Display Title: When My Love to God Grows WeakFirst Line: When my love to God grows weakTune Title: CONSECRATION (Vincent)Author: John WrefordMeter: 77.77Source: Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Worship, by J. R. Beard, 1837