|Short Name:||James Edmeston|
|Full Name:||Edmeston, James, 1791-1867|
Edmeston, James, born Sept. 10,1791. His maternal grandfather was the Rev. Samuel Brewer, who for 50 years was the pastor of an Independent congregation at Stepney. Educated as an architect and surveyor, in 1816 he entered upon his profession on his own account, and continued to practice it until his death on Jan. 7, 1867. The late Sir G. Gilbert Scott was his pupil. Although an Independent by descent he joined the Established Church at a comparatively early age, and subsequently held various offices, including that of churchwarden, in the Church of St. Barnabas, Homerton. His hymns number nearly 2000. The best known are “Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us” and "Saviour, breathe an evening blessing." Many of his hymns were written for children, and from their simplicity are admirably adapted to the purpose. For many years he contributed hymns of various degrees of merit to the Evangelical Magazine, His published works are:—
(1) The Search, and other Poems, 1817. (2) Sacred Lyrics, 1820, a volume of 31 hymns and one poem. This was followed by a second Series, 1821, with 35; and a third Series, 1822, with 27 pieces respectively. (3) The Cottage Minstrel; or, Hymns for the Assistance of Cottagers in their Domestic Worship, 1821. This was published at the suggestion of a member of the Home Missionary Society, and contains fifty hymns. (4) One Hundred Hymns for Sunday Schools, and for Particular Occasions, 1821. (5) Missionary Hymns, 1822. (6) Patmos, a Fragment, and Other Poems, 1824. (7) The Woman of Shunam, and Other Poems, 1829. (8) Fifty Original Hymns, 1833. (9) Hymns for the Chamber of Sickness, 1844. (10) Closet Hymns and Poems, 1844. (11) Infant Breathings, being Hymns for the Young, 1846. (12) Sacred Poetry, 1847.
In addition to those of his hymns which have attained to an extensive circulation, as those named above, and are annotated in this work under their respective first lines, there are also the following in common use in Great Britain and America:—
1. Along my earthly way. Anxiety. In his Sacred Lyrics, third set, 1822, in 8 st. of 4 lines. It is given in several collections, but usually in an abbreviated form, and generally somewhat altered.
2. Dark river of death that is [art] flowing. Death Anticipated. Given in his Sacred Lyrics, 3rd set, 1822, p. 39, in 9 st. of 4 lines. It is usually given in an abbreviated form, and sometimes as, "Dark river of death that art flowing."
3. Come, sacred peace, delightful guest. Peace. Appeared in his Closet Hymns, &c, 1844, in 4 st. of 4 1.
4. Eternal God, before thy throne, Three nations. National Fast.
5. For Thee we pray and wait. Second Advent.
6. God intrusts to all. Parable of the Talents. This le No. 13 of his Infant Breathings, 1846, in 5 st. of 4 1. It is a simple application of the parable to the life of a child. It is widely used.
7. God is here; how sweet the sound. Omnipresence. Given as No. 9 in his Sacred Lyrics, 1st set, 1820, in 6 st. of 4 1. In the Baptist Hymnal, 1879, No. 45. St. i.-iii. are from this text, and iv. and v. are from another source.
8. How sweet the light of Sabbath eve. Sunday Evening. No. 10 in theCottage Minstrel, 1821, slightly altered.
9. Is there a time when moments flow. Sunday Evening. No. 5 of his Sacred Lyrics, 1st set, 1820, in 7 st. of 41.
10. Little travellers Zionward. Burial of Children. No. 25 of his Infant Breathings, &c, 1846, in 3 st. of 8 1. In the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853, it begins with st. ii., "Who are they whose little feet?"
11. May we, Lord, rejoicing say. National Thanksgiving. Dated 1849 by the author in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymnbook, No. 1008.
12. Music, bring thy sweetest treasures. Holy Trinity. Dated 1837 by the author in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymnbook., No. 167. It is in his Sacred Poetry, 1847.
13. Roll on, thou mighty ocean. Departure of Missionaries. In his Missionary Hymns, 1822, in 4 st. of 4 1. It is in common use in America.
14. Sweet is the light of Sabbath eve. Sunday Evening. In 5 st. of 41., from the Cottage Minstrel, 1821, where it is given as No. 10, and entitled "The Cottager's Reflections upon the Sabbath Evening."
15. The light of Sabbath eve. Sunday Evening. In 5 st. of 4 1., as No. 11 in the Cottage Minstrel, 1821, p. 14, and headed, "Solemn Questions for the Sabbath Evening."
16. Wake, harp of Zion, wake again. Missions to the Jews. Dated 1846 by the author in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymnbook. It is in his Sacred Poetry, 1847.
17. When shall the voice of singing? In his Missionary Hymns, 1822. It is in a few American collections.
18. When the worn spirit wants repose. Sunday. No. 18, of his Sacred Lyrics, 1st set, 1820, in 4 st. of 4 l. It is somewhat popular, and is given in several collections in Great Britain and America, as the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858-80; the Church Praise Book, N. Y., 1881, &c.
19. Why should I, in vain repining? Consolation. No. 14 in the 1st set of his Sacred Lyrics, 1820, in 4 st. of 4 lines.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Edmeston, James, p. 321, ii. Other hymns are:—
1. O Thou Whose mercy guides my way. Resignation. In his Sacred Lyrics, 1st set, 1820, p. 24, in 3 stanzas of 4 lines, and again in his Hymns for the Chamber of Sickness, 1844.
2. Parting soul, the flood awaits thee. Death anticipated. In his Sacred Lyrics, 1st set, 1820, p. 18, in 3 stanza of 8 lines, and based upon the passage in the Pilgrim's Progress:—"Now I further saw that betwixt them and the gate was a river, but there was no bridge to go over, and the river was very deep."
3. 'Tis sweet upon our pilgrimage. Praise. In hi3 Closet Hymns and Poems, 1846, in 3 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "An Ebenezer Raided."
4. Welcome, brethren, enter in. Reception of Church Officers. Miller says, in his Singers and Songs, 1869, p. 420:—"This is No. 1 of five hymns supplied by Mr. Edmeston, at the request of a friend, for insertion in a provincial hymn-book, on the subject of admitting members," but he does not give the name of the book, neither have we identified It. The hymn, as given in the New Congregational Hymn Book, 1859, No. 840, is in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, of which Millet says stanza iii. is by another hand.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
|Texts by James Edmeston (60)||As||Instances|
|Along my earthly way||Edmeston (Author)||21|
|And now another hour is past||James Edmeston (Author)||15|
|Another day has passed along||James Edmeston (Author)||20|
|Another day has past along||James Edmeston (Author)||2|
|As oft we tread, with worn and weary feet||James Edmeston (Author)||3|
|As oft, with worn and weary feet||James Edmeston (Author)||40|
|Beneath a reef the ship was moored||James Edmeston (Author)||3|
|Breathe thoughts of pity over a brothers fall||James Edmeston (Author)||4|
|Breite ueber meinem Schlummer||James Edmeston (Author)||3|
|Cristo, guardanos ahora||James Edmeston (Author)||6|
|Day by day supplies of grace||James Edmeston (Author)||2|
|Enthroned upon a hill of light||Edmeston (Author)||2|
|Eternal Father, God of grace (Edmeston)||James Edmeston (Author)||8|
|Fountain of grace, rich, full, and free||James Edmeston (Author)||55|
|Frelser, du din Fred nedsende||James Edmeston (Author)||2|
|Geuss stillen Abendfrieden||James Edmeston (Author)||2|
|God instructs to all talents few or many||James Edmeston (Author)||14|
|God is here, how sweet the sound||James Edmeston (Author)||2|
|Guter Hirt', hoer' mein Flehen||James Edmeston (Author)||3|
|Heavenly Spirit, may each heart||James Edmeston (Author)||10|
|How sweet the light of Sabbath eve||Edmeston (Author)||19|
|How sweet to hail the early dawn||Edmeston (Author)||2|
|Iesu i keia ahiahi||James Edmeston, 1791-1867 (Author)||2|
|In the wide waste of water||James Edmeston (Author)||5|
|Is there a time when moments flow||James Edmeston (Author)||14|
|Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us, O'er the world's tempestuous sea||James Edmeston (Author)||249|
|Little travelers Zionward||James Edmeston (Author)||33|
|Little travelers heavenward, we are journeying||James Edmeston (Author)||3|
|Littlle travelers Zionward Each one entering||James Edmeston (Author)||1|
|Music, bring thy sweetest treasures||James Edmeston (Author)||5|
|Music of the bough||James Edmeston (Author)||2|
|O Lord, how full of sweet content||James Edmeston (Author)||1|
|O thou whose mercy guides my way||Edmeston (Author)||59|
|Parting soul, the floods await thee||James Edmeston (Author)||15|
|Roll on, thou mighty ocean! And as thy billows flow||James Edmeston (Author)||129|
|Savior, while thy servants meet||James Edmeston (Author)||4|
|Savior, breathe an evening blessing||J. Edmeston (Author)||638|
|Sweet is the fading light of eve||James Edmeston (Author)||1|
|Sweet is the light of Sabbath eve||Edmeston (Author)||56|
|The light of Sabbath eve is fading||James Edmeston (Author)||33|
|The rose bud yet unblown may lie||James Edmeston (Author)||6|
|The sun that lights the world shall fade||James Edmeston (Author)||13|
|The time how lovely and how still!||Edmeston (Author)||2|
|There's a refuge of peace from the tempests||James Edmeston (Author)||5|
|Thine earthly Sabbaths, Lord we love||Edmeston (Author)||1|
|Though destruction walk around us||James Edmeston (Author)||2|
|'Tis but one family||Edmeston (Author)||2|
|Wake, harp of Sion, wake again||J. Edmeston (Author)||8|
|Was it not a dreadful death||James Edmeston (Author)||2|
|When I Iook around and see||James Edmeston (Author)||2|
|When many a tempest blew||James Edmeston (Author)||7|
|When rocks and when shallows beset us||James Edmeston (Author)||4|
|When shall the voice of singing||James Edmeston (Author)||187|
|When the Savior said that children||James Edmeston (Author)||2|
|When the worn spirit wants repose||James Edmeston (Author)||89|
|Where can I go from thee!||Edmeston (Author)||2|
|While through another rolling year||James Edmeston (Author)||6|
|Who are they whose little feet||James Edmeston (Author)||4|
|Who would not love the Savior||James Edmeston (Author)||4|
|Why should I, in vain repining||Jas. Edmeston (Author)||6|