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Holy Zeal and Diligence

While carnal men, with all their might

Author: Benjamin Beddome (1787)
Published in 19 hymnals

Representative Text

1 While carnal men, with all their might
Earth's vanities pursue,
How slow th' advances which I make,
With heaven itself in view!

2 Inspire my soul with holy zeal;
Great God, my love inflame;
Religion, without zeal and love,
Is but an empty name.

3 To gain the top of Zion's hill,
May I with fervor strive;
And all these powers employ for thee,
Which I from thee derive.

Source: A Collection of Evangelical Hymns #CXL

Author: Benjamin Beddome

Benjamin Beddome was born at Henley-in Arden, Warwickshire, January 23, 1717. His father was a Baptist minister. He studied at various places, and began preaching in 1740. He was pastor of a Baptist society at Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, until his death in 1795. In 1770, he received the degree of M.A. from the Baptist College in Providence, Rhode Island. He published several discourses and hymns. "His hymns, to the number of 830, were published in 1818, with a recommendation from Robert Hall." Montgomery speaks of him as a "writer worthy of honour both for the quantity and the quality of his hymns." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: While carnal men, with all their might
Title: Holy Zeal and Diligence
Author: Benjamin Beddome (1787)
Source: A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors by John Rippon
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Originally published in Rippon's Selection, 1787, as Hymn 293, "While carnal men, with all their might", 3 sts., entitled Holy zeal and diligence – 1818 Hymn 161, 4 sts.: Expanded first st. to two sts. and altered the other two.
Part 2 of Hymn 293 was first published in Rippon's Tenth Edition, 1800, as "If duty calls, and suffering too", 7 sts., entitled Zeal for God – first section (sts. 1-4) not found in 1818, sts. 5-7 amended in 1818 as Hymn 216. John Julian, 1907, p. 1273, misdates this to Rippon's First Edition, 1787, but part 2 does not occur there.



Instances (1 - 19 of 19)

A Collection of Evangelical Hymns #CXL

A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs #d363

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A Selection of Hymns & Psalms #217

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CLXXX

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A Selection of Hymns and Spiritual Songs #H.CLXXX

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A Selection of Hymns for the use of social religious meetings, and for private devotions 2d ed. #92

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A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors. #293a

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A Selection of Hymns #CCXCIII

A Selection of Hymns....3d ed #d262

Church Hymn Book . 3rd ed. #d616

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #1453

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The Choice #H475

The Choice #H475

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The Cluster of Spiritual Songs, Divine Hymns and Sacred Poems #CDXIV

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The Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts #1011a

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