Joseph Swain

Joseph Swain
Short Name: Joseph Swain
Full Name: Swain, Joseph, 1761-1796
Birth Year: 1761
Death Year: 1796

Swain, Joseph, was born at Birmingham in 1761, and after being apprenticed to an engraver, removed to London. After a time he became a decided Christian, and being of an emotional poetic temperament, began to give expression to his new thoughts and feelings in hymns. In 1783 he was baptized by the Rev. Dr. Rippon, and in 1791 became minister of a Baptist congregation in East Street, Walworth. After a short but popular and very useful ministry, he died April 16, 1796 Swain published the following:—
(1) A Collection of Poems on Several Occasions, London, 1781; (2) Redemption, a Poem in five Books, London, 1789; (3) Experimental Essays on Divine Subjects, London, 1791; (4) Walworth Hymns, by J. Swain, Pastor of the Baptist Church Meeting there, London, 1792, 129 hymns; with a Supplement, 1794, 192 hymns; (5) A Pocket Companion and Directory, London, 1794.

In addition to a limited number of Swain's hymns, annotated under their respective first lines, the following, from his Walworth Hymns1792, and the 2nd ed., 1796, are also in common use:—
1. Brethren, while we sojourn here. Mutual Encouragement.
2. Children of the King of grace. Holy Baptism.
3. Christ the Lord will come again. Second Advent.
4. Come, ye souls, by sin afflicted. The Yoke of Christ.
5. How sweet, how heavenly is the sight. Communion of Saints.
6. In expectation sweet. Second Advent.
7. Lift up your heads, ye gates. Ascension.
8. Love is the sweetest bud that blows. A Flower an Emblem of Christ.
9. 0 how the thought that I shall know. Heaven Anticipated. Sometimes it begins with st. ii., "For ever to behold Him shine".
10. On earth the song begins. Heaven Anticipated.
11. On the wings of faith upspringing. Passiontide.
12. Pilgrims we are to Canaan bound. Pilgrimage of Life.
13. Praise ye the Lord, the eternal King. Divinity of Christ.
14. Praise your Redeemer, praise His Name. Praise for Redemption.
15. 'Tis heaven begun below. Heaven Anticipated.
16. What is it for a saint to die? Death and Burial.
17. What must [will] it be to dwell above? Heaven Anticipated.
18. When firm I [we] stand on Zion's hill. Confidence. Sometimes as "I stand on Zion's mount," in American collections.
19. Who can forbear to sing? Praise of Jesus.

From his Redemption, a Poem in Five Books, 1791, the following hymns are also in common use:--
20. 0 Thou in whose presence my soul takes delight. In Affliction.
21. Ye daughters of Zion, declare, have you see? Comfort in Affliction.
Of these hymns the most widely known are Nos. 1, 5, 6, and 20. We may add that several of Swain's hymns appeared in The Theological Miscellany, 1784-1789. [Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A.]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Texts by Joseph Swain (56)sort iconAsInstances
A friend there is, your voices joinSwain (Author)25
A garden fenced from common earthSwain (Author)7
And am I blest with Jesus' loveJoseph Swain (Author)11
And may I hope that when no moreSwain (Author)11
Brethren, while we journey hereSwain (Author)168
Can we forbear to singJoseph Swain (Author)2
Children of the king of graceJoseph Swain (Author)2
Christ the Lord will come again (Swain)Joseph Swain (Author)7
Come, let our hearts and voices joinJoseph Swain (Author)28
Come, ye souls by sin afflictedJoseph Swain (Author)36
Faith, like an ivy to the rockJoseph Swain (Author)2
Firmly I stand on Zion's hillJoseph Swain (Author)15
Forever to behold him shineE. Swaine (Author)3
God's nature and his name we readSwain (Author)5
His vestments of righteousnessJoseph Swain (Author)12
His voice as the sound of the dulcimer sweetJoseph Swain (Author)6
How sweet and heavenly is the sightJoseph Swain (Author)439
I stand on Zion's mountSwain (Author)37
I stand outside of your heart, dearestJoseph Swain (Author)1
I'll praise thee, dear Jesus, delight of my soulJoseph Swain (Author)2
In expectation sweetJoseph Swain (Author)45
Jesus, away from earth I flyJoseph Swain (Author)2
Jesus, thy saints assembled hereJoseph Swain (Author)6
Lift up your hearts in solemn laysJoseph Swain (Author)2
Lo he comes arrayed in vengeanceSwain (Author)6
Love is the sweetest bud that blowsJoseph Swain (Author)13
O du, Herr, an dem meine Seel' sich erfreutJoseph Swain (Author)2
O Thou in whose presence my soul takes delightJoseph Swain (Author)343
O, what a garden will be seenJoseph Swain (Author)2
On earth the song begins Swain (Author)21
On the brink of fiery ruinSwain (Author)4
On Zion's hill my stand I takeJoseph Swain (Author)2
Pilgrims we are, and heavenward boundJoseph Swain (Author)28
Praise ye the Lord, the Saviour praiseSwain (Author)2
Praise your redeemer, praise his nameJoseph Swain (Author)2
Redeemer of Israel, our only delightJoseph Swain, 1761-1796 (Author)3
Rejoice in God, the word commandsJoseph Swain (Author)13
Shout, for the Lord, the Saviour, comeSwain (Author)2
Sinners, away from Sinai flySwain (Author)12
Sweet, as angels' notes in heavenJoseph Swain (Author)2
The finest flower that e'er was knownJoseph Swain (Author)11
The trumpet sounds awakeJoseph Swain (Author)2
'Tis good to wait upon the LordJoseph Swain (Author)14
'Tis heaven begun belowJoseph Swain (Author)14
To him that lives, but once was slianSwain (Author)2
Welcome, dear brethren, to this placeJoseph Swain (Author)11
What is it for a saint to dieJoseph Swain (Author)7
What must it be to dwell aboveJoseph Swain (Author)11
When firm we stand on Zion's hillJoseph Swain (Author)2
When on my beloved I gazeJoseph Swain (Author)5
When swelling Jordan o'er us rollsSwain (Author)4
Who can forbear to singSwain (Author)38
Why should the saints be filled with dreadSwain (Author)12
Why should we shrink at death's cold floodSwain (Author)3
Ye daughters of Zion, declare, have ye seenSwain (Author)8
Ye saints, proclaim in joyful strainsSwain (Author)2