|Short Name:||Joseph Stennett|
|Full Name:||Stennett, Joseph, 1663-1713|
The author was a Baptist preacher in London, from 1690, to his death in 1713.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872.
Stennett, Joseph, the earliest English Baptist hymnwriter whose hymns are now in common use, was born at Abingdon, Berks, in 1663. He received a superior education at the Grammar School of Wallingford, and at the age of 22 removed to London, where for several years he engaged in tuition. In 1688 he married a daughter of George Guill, a French Protestant refugee, another of whose daughters was the wife of the celebrated Presbyterian minister, Dr. Daniel Williams, who became a generous friend to Stennett. In the following year he was called to preach by the Baptist Sabbatarian congregation then meeting in Devonshire Square, London, afterwards in Pinners' Hall; and in 1690 became its pastor, a position he retained to his death, July 4, 1713. Since the meetings of this congregation for worship were on the seventh day of the week, he was free to preach to other congregations on the Sunday, which he did very frequently, especially to the General Baptist Church in the Barbican. Such was Stennett's repute for piety, learning and practical wisdom that his advice was very much sought by his Christian friends, and by the "great Whig Lords” of that day he was occasionally consulted as to the feeling of the Dissenters concerning national affairs. His published works include:—
(1) Hymns in commemoration of the Sufferings of our Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ, compos'd for the Celebration of his Holy Supper, 1697; 2nd ed. 1703 (This is entitled in Stennett's Works, 1732, Hymns for the Lord's Supper). These were 37 in number, increased to 50 in the 3rd edition, 1709. (2) In 1700 he published a poetical Version of Solomon's Song of Songs, together with the XLVth Psalm. A second edition, corrected, appeared in 1709. (3) In 1712 he published twelve Hymns composed for the Celebration of the Holy Ordinance of Baptism; 2nd ed. 1722.
Stennett also translated Dacier's Plato and other works from the French, and published several sermons preached on days of National Thanksgiving and other public occasions. His Works were collected after his death and published in 1732, in 4 vols. They contain a Memoir, Sermons and Letters, the Hymns and Poems mentioned above, and a few other poetical pieces. A controversial work, An Answer to Mr. Russen's Book on Baptism, 1702, may be reckoned as a 5th vol. Of his hymns, that which, in the form of varying centos, is most widely known is, "Another six days' work is done". Others in common use include:—
1. Gracious Redeemer, how divine. Holy Communion. Appeared in his Hymns for the Lord's Supper, first edition, 1697. (Works, 1732, ii. p. 98.) Usually abbreviated.
2. Immortal praise be given. Holy Communion. Published in his Hymns for The Lord's Supper, first ed., 1697. (Works, 1732, ii. p. 97.) From this "We'll praise our risen Lord," is taken.
3. Jesus, O word divinely sweet. Redemption through Jesus. Published in Hymns for the Lord's Supper, 3rd ed. 1709, No. 47.
4. Lord, at Thy Table I behold. Holy Communion. This hymn is not in Stennett's Works. From it "With humble faith and trembling heart," is taken.
5. My blessed Saviour, is Thy love? Self-Consecration to God. Appeared in his Hymns for the Lord's Supper, 1697, No. 22. Usually abbreviated.
6. The great Redeemer we adore. Published in his Hymns for Baptism, 1712.
7. Whene'er one sinner turns to God. Holy Baptism. Published in his Hymns for Baptism, 1712, No. 12. From this "See how the willing converts trace" is taken. It begins with st. iii.
Several of his hymns additional to these are given in the older collections, but have passed out of use. We may add that the Joseph Stennett, the subject of this article, had a son, Joseph Stennett, D.D., who also became an eminent Baptist minister, and was the father of Samuel Stennett. [Rev.W. R. Stevenson, M.A.]
--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Texts by Joseph Stennett (59)||As||Instances|
|Again our weekly labors end||Joseph Stennett (Author)||18|
|All the created works, O Lord||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|Another six days work is done||Joseph Stennett (Author)||317|
|Behold the grave where Jesus lay||J. Stennett (Author)||1|
|Behold the king of glory sits||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|Behold the Savior of the world||Joseph Stennett (Author)||3|
|Behold the Savior on the cross, A spectacle of wo!||Joseph Stennett (Author)||5|
|Come let us all, who here have seen||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|Come, lowly souls, that mourn||Joseph Stennett (Author)||7|
|Gracious Redeemer, how divine||Joseph Stennett (Author)||4|
|Happy are they our Lord has chose||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|Hast thou, my soul, thy Savior viewed||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|How many miracles of love||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|How shall the sons of men appear||Joseph Stennett (Author)||1|
|How sweet, how beauteous is the place||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|How various and how new||Joseph Stennet (Author)||2|
|Immortal praise be given||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|In grateful hymns, ye saints, display||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|In that most dark and doleful night||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|Jehovah, we in hymns of praise||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|Jesus, O word divinely sweet||J. Stennett (Author)||15|
|Let all who love our [the] Savior's name||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|Lord, at thy table we stand||Joseph Stennett (Author)||1|
|Lord, at thy table I behold||J. Stennett (Author)||148|
|Lord, how divine's this gift of thine||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|Lord, thou hast given to us||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|Lord, we approach thy throne||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|My blessed Savior, is thy love||Joseph Stennett (Author)||27|
|My soul, let all thy nobler powers||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|O Lord, how shall we frame a song||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|O Lord, thou dost a broken heart||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|Others may tell of famous things||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|Our Lord a banquet has prepared||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|Our Savior's bleeding sacrifice||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|Prostrate dear Jesus at thy feet||Joseph Stennett (Author)||1|
|Return, my soul, enjoy thy rest||Joseph Stennett (Author)||44|
|See how the willing converts trace||Joseph Stennett (Author)||38|
|Sing Hallelujah to our Lord||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|That doleful night, when our dear Lord||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|The great Redeemer we adore||J. Stennett (Author)||51|
|Thou art all love, my dearest Lord||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|Thus was the great Redeemer plunged||J. Stennett (Author)||7|
|Thus we commemorate the day||J. Stennett (Author)||25|
|'Tis finished; so the Savior cried, And meekly bowed His head and died||J. Stennett (Author)||3|
|'Tis finished, the Redeemer cries||Joseph Stennett (Author)||7|
|'Tis finished, the Redeemer crys||Joseph Stennett (Author)||1|
|To us our God commends his love||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|We'll praise our risen Lord||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|What mighty conqueror do we see||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|What wondrous things do we behold||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|Whate'er to thee, our Lord, belongs||Stennett (Author (v. 3, 8))||1|
|When sin had brought death||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|Whene'er one sinner turns to God||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|Wherewith shall I, a sinful worm||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|With humble boldness, trembling joy||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|With humble faith and thankful heart||Stennett (Author)||1|
|With lowly minds and lofty song||J. Stennett (Author)||1|
|You that the holy Jesus love||Joseph Stennett (Author)||2|
|You who our Lord's great banquet share||Joseph Stennatt (Author)||2|