|Short Name:||Timothy Dwight|
|Full Name:||Dwight, Timothy, 1752-1817|
Dwight, Timothy, D.D. This is the most important name in early American hymnology, as it is also one of the most illustrious in American literature and education. He was born at Northampton, Massachusetts, May 14, 1752, and graduated at Yale College, 1769; was a tutor there from 1771 to 1777. He then became for a short time a chaplain in the United States Army, but passed on in 1783 to Fairfield, Connecticut, where he held a pastorate, and taught in an Academy, till his appointment, in 1795, as President of Yale College. His works are well known, and need no enumeration. He died at New Haven, Jan. 11, 1817. In 1797 the General Association of Connecticut, being dissatisfied with Joel Barlow's 1785 revision of Watts, requested Dwight to do the work de novo. This he did liberally, furnishing in some instances several paraphrases of the same psalm, and adding a selection of hymns, mainly from Watts. The book appeared as—
"The Psalms of David, &c.... By I. Watts, D.D. A New Edition in which the Psalms omitted by Dr. Watts are versified, local passages are altered, and a number of Psalms are versified anew in proper metres. By Timothy Dwight, D.D., &c….To the Psalms is added a Selection of Hymns," 1800.
Dwight's lyrics are all professedly psalms, but they are by no means literal versions. His original compositions number 33. Of these many are still in common use, the most important being:—
1. Blest be the Lord, Who heard my prayer. Psalm xxviii. This is the second part of Psalm xxviii., in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. It is in the English New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859.
2. I Love Thy kingdom, Lord. Psalm cxxxvii. This is version three of Ps. 137, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, and is in extensive use at the present time throughout the States. It is also included in many English, Irish, and Scottish collections, sometimes in the original form, as in Alford's Year of Praise, 1867; again as, "I love Thy Church, 0 God," which opens with the second stanza, as in the Scottish Evangelical Union Hymnal, 1878, in 3 stanzas, and "We love Thy kingdom, Lord," in the Irish Church Hymnal, 1873. In Cleveland's Lyra Sacra Americana six stanzas only are given from the original.
Next to this in popularity are his 2nd and 3rd renderings of Psalm lxxxviii.:—
3. Shall man, 0 God of life and light. (3rd stanza)
4. While life prolongs its precious light. (2nd stanza) Both of which are in extensive use. From his 4th version of the same Psalm (88), the following hymns have been compiled, each opening with the stanza indicated:—
5. Just o'er the grave I hung. Stanza ii.
6. I saw beyond the tomb. Stanza iv.
7. Ye sinners, fear the Lord. Stanza xii. This last is found in Spurgeon's 0ur Own Hymnbook. The original version consists of 13 stanzas.
8. 0 Thou Whose sceptre earth and seas obey. Psalm lxxii. This is his second version of this Psalm, and was given in the Comprehensive Rippon, 1844.
The following, most of which are of a more jubilant character, are well known:—
9. How pleasing is Thy voice. Psalm lxv.
10. In Zion's sacred gates. Psalm cl.
11. Lord of all worlds, incline Thy gracious [bounteous] ear. Psalm llii.
12. Now to Thy sacred house. Psalm xliii., st. 3.
13. Sing to the Lord most high. Psalm c.
14. In barren wilds shall living waters spring. Psalm liii.
15. Lord, in these dark and dismal days. Psalm cxxxvii.
No. 9 is found in Lyra Sacra Americana, pp. 101-2, the seven stanzas of the original being abbreviated to five.
In addition to the Psalms, Dr..Dwight published three poems, "The Conquest of Canaan," 1785; "Greenfield Hill," 1794; "Triumph of Infidelity," 1788. [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]
- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Texts by Timothy Dwight (79)||As||Instances|
|A word in season, spoke with power||Dwight (Author)||2|
|Again my tongue thy silence break||Timothy Dwight (Author)||2|
|Aloha au kou aupuni||Timothy Dwight, 1750-1817 (Author)||2|
|Behold, the judge descends, his guards are nigh||Timothy Dwight (Author)||6|
|Bless, O thou western world, thy God||Timothy Dwight (Author)||1|
|Blest be the Lord, who heard my prayer||Timothy Dwight (Author)||11|
|By Babel's stream the captives sat||Timothy Dwight (Author)||10|
|Cease, cease, ye vain, desponding fears||Timothy Dwight (Author)||2|
|Columbia! Columbia! to glory arise||Dr. Dwight (Author)||4|
|Dit Rige elsker jeg||Timothy Dwight (Author)||2|
|Ditt rike 'lskar jag||Timothy Dwight (Author)||2|
|Ditt rike 'r mig k'rt||Timothy Dwight (Author)||2|
|Down at the cross of Christ, my Savior||Timothy Dwight (Author)||2|
|Eu amo com fervor a Igreja do meu Deus||Timothy Dwight (Author)||1|
|Faith sees the bright, eternal doors||Timothy Dwight (Author)||2|
|For her my tears shall fall||Timothy Dwight (Author)||2|
|How bright thy glories beam||Timothy Dwight (Author)||2|
|How pleasing is thy voice||Dwight (Author)||54|
|I love thy church, O God||T. Dwight (Author)||33|
|I love thy Zion, Lord||Timothy Dwight (Author)||51|
|I love Thy kingdom, Lord||Timothy Dwight (Author)||1014|
|I saw beyond the tomb||Timothy Dwight (Author)||43|
|Ich lieb' dein Zion, Herr||Timothy Dwight (Author)||2|
|Ich liebe, Herr, dein Reich||Timothy Dwight (Author)||4|
|In barren wilds shall living waters spring||Timothy Dwight (Author)||2|
|In Zion's sacred gates||Timothy Dwight (Author)||18|
|Itaŋcaŋ kiŋ waṡte||Timothy Dwight (Author)||1|
|Just o'er the grave I hung||Timothy Dwight (Author)||19|
|Lord, in these dark and dismal days||Timothy Dwight (Author)||12|
|Lord of all worlds, incline thy bounteous ear||Timothy Dwight (Author)||23|
|Lord, to thy sacred house||Timothy Dwight (Author)||4|
|Mens Livets Lys and straaler klart||Timothy Dwight (Author)||2|
|My God defend my cause||Timothy Dwight (Author)||4|
|My God, preserve my soul||Dwight (Author)||10|
|My God, while impious men||Dwight (Author)||9|
|No war nor battle's sound||Dwight (Author)||2|
|Now to thy sacred house with joy I turn my feet||Timothy Dwight (Author)||29|
|O God attend, whild hosts of foes||Timothy Dwight (Author)||2|
|O God attend, while hosts of foes||Timothy Dwight (Author)||4|
|O God of grace, my cry attend||Timothy Dwight (Author)||3|
|O God of my salvation, hear||Timothy Dwight (Author)||1|
|O how shall I repay||Timothy Dwight (Author)||3|
|O Lord of hosts, for Jesus' sake||Timothy Dwight (Author)||2|
|O Lord, our Lord most high||Timothy Dwight (Author)||4|
|O Lord, the God of heaven and earth||Timothy Dwight (Author)||4|
|O save thy servants, Lord||Timothy Dwight (Author)||5|
|O thou preserver of mankind||Timothy Dwight (Author)||5|
|O thou, the only good and great||Timothy Dwight (Author)||2|
|O thou whose hand the kingdom sways||Timothy Dwight (Author)||12|
|O thou whose sceptre earth and seas obey||Timothy Dwight (Author)||3|
|O haste with every gift inspired||Dwight (Author)||3|
|Our rulers, Lord, with songs of praise||Timothy Dwight (Author)||4|
|Save me from evil men||Timothy Dwight (Author)||8|
|Save me from my foes||Timothy Dwight (Author)||8|
|Segne mein Vaterland, Fuehr es an deiner Hand||Timothy Dwight (Author)||2|
|Serene, I laid me down, Beneath his guardian care||Dwight (Author)||7|
|Shall man O God of life and light||Timothy Dwight (Author)||75|
|Sing to the Lord most high||Dwight (Author)||54|
|Stretched on the bed of grief||Timothy Dwight (Author)||10|
|The giddy world, with flattering tongue||Timothy Dwight (Author)||12|
|Thou hearest, omniscient Lord||Dwight (Author)||2|
|Thy praise, O Lord, our thankful songs renew||Timothy Dwight (Author)||5|
|To bless the Lord let every land||Timothy Dwight (Author)||3|
|To bless the Lord our God in strains divine||Timothy Dwight (Author)||5|
|To heaven let all my sacred||Timothy Dwight (Author)||3|
|To heaven's high King my soul||Timothy Dwight (Author)||2|
|To thee, my King, my God of grace||Timothy Dwight (Author)||9|
|Tu reino amo, O Dios||Timothy Dwight (Author)||5|
|We love your kingdom, Lord||Timothy Dwight (Author)||3|
|When God in wrath shall rise||Timothy Dwight (Author)||9|
|When men of mischief rise||Timothy Dwight (Author)||4|
|While God invites, how blest the day||Timothy Dwight (Author)||7|
|While life prolongs its precious light||Timothy Dwight (Author)||247|
|Why do the wicked boast of sin||Timothy Dwight (Author)||8|
|Ye chiefs and kings to God||Timothy Dwight (Author)||3|
|Ye nations round the northern sea||Timothy Dwight (Author)||3|
|Ye sinners, fear the Lord||Dwight (Author)||36|
|Ye sons of men in God rejoice||Timothy Dwight (Author)||5|
|You sinners, fear the Lord||Timothy Dwight (Author)||1|