|Short Name:||Joseph Denham Smith|
|Full Name:||Smith, Joseph Denham, 1816-1889|
Smith, Joseph Denham, was born at Romsey, Hants, circa 1816. After studying for some time in the Dublin Theological Institute, he entered the Congregational Ministry in 1840. In 1849 he became Pastor of the Congregational Church at Kingstown, near Dublin, and in 1863 began a series of services at Merrion Hall, Dublin, and subsequently at other places. His Evangelistic work in England and Ireland is well known. In connection therewith he has published a large number of tracts, pamphlets, and small books. One of these, Times of Refreshing illustrated in the Present Revival of Religion, 1860, included several of his hymns which were sung during that time at his special services at Kingstown. He also published Seven Hymns for the Present Time, circa 1870-6; and The New Times of Refreshing. Hymns for General and Special Use. Compiled by J. Denham Smith. London: J. E. Hawkins, n.d. In this collection his signed hymns are 36 in all, and deal with the subjects usually associated with what are known as "Gospel Hymns." There are several also in The Enlarged London Hymn Book, 1873. His hymn "Just as Thou art—how wondrous fair" (1860) is in Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, and "Yes, we part, but not for ever "(Parting), in several minor collections. Mr. Smith's hymns have not been incorporated into the leading hymnals of Great Britain or America.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)