|Short Name:||Joseph Swain|
|Full Name:||Swain, Joseph, 1761-1796|
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)||As||Instances|
|A friend there is, your voices join||Swain (Author)||25|
|A garden fenced from common earth||Swain (Author)||7|
|And am I blest with Jesus' love||Joseph Swain (Author)||11|
|And may I hope that when no more||Swain (Author)||11|
|Brethren, while we journey here||Swain (Author)||168|
|Can we forbear to sing||Joseph Swain (Author)||2|
|Children of the king of grace||Joseph Swain (Author)||2|
|Christ the Lord will come again (Swain)||Joseph Swain (Author)||7|
|Come, let our hearts and voices join||Joseph Swain (Author)||28|
|Come, ye souls by sin afflicted||Joseph Swain (Author)||36|
|Faith, like an ivy to the rock||Joseph Swain (Author)||2|
|Firmly I stand on Zion's hill||Joseph Swain (Author)||15|
|Forever to behold him shine||E. Swaine (Author)||3|
|God's nature and his name we read||Swain (Author)||5|
|His vestments of righteousness||Joseph Swain (Author)||12|
|His voice as the sound of the dulcimer sweet||Joseph Swain (Author)||6|
|How sweet and heavenly is the sight||Joseph Swain (Author)||439|
|I stand on Zion's mount||Swain (Author)||37|
|I stand outside of your heart, dearest||Joseph Swain (Author)||1|
|I'll praise thee, dear Jesus, delight of my soul||Joseph Swain (Author)||2|
|In expectation sweet||Joseph Swain (Author)||45|
|Jesus, away from earth I fly||Joseph Swain (Author)||2|
|Jesus, thy saints assembled here||Joseph Swain (Author)||6|
|Lift up your hearts in solemn lays||Joseph Swain (Author)||2|
|Lo he comes arrayed in vengeance||Swain (Author)||6|
|Love is the sweetest bud that blows||Joseph Swain (Author)||13|
|O du, Herr, an dem meine Seel' sich erfreut||Joseph Swain (Author)||2|
|O Thou in whose presence my soul takes delight||Joseph Swain (Author)||343|
|O, what a garden will be seen||Joseph Swain (Author)||2|
|On earth the song begins||Swain (Author)||21|
|On the brink of fiery ruin||Swain (Author)||4|
|On Zion's hill my stand I take||Joseph Swain (Author)||2|
|Pilgrims we are, and heavenward bound||Joseph Swain (Author)||28|
|Praise ye the Lord, the Saviour praise||Swain (Author)||2|
|Praise your redeemer, praise his name||Joseph Swain (Author)||2|
|Redeemer of Israel, our only delight||Joseph Swain, 1761-1796 (Author)||3|
|Rejoice in God, the word commands||Joseph Swain (Author)||13|
|Shout, for the Lord, the Saviour, come||Swain (Author)||2|
|Sinners, away from Sinai fly||Swain (Author)||12|
|Sweet, as angels' notes in heaven||Joseph Swain (Author)||2|
|The finest flower that e'er was known||Joseph Swain (Author)||11|
|The trumpet sounds awake||Joseph Swain (Author)||2|
|'Tis good to wait upon the Lord||Joseph Swain (Author)||14|
|'Tis heaven begun below||Joseph Swain (Author)||14|
|To him that lives, but once was slian||Swain (Author)||2|
|Welcome, dear brethren, to this place||Joseph Swain (Author)||11|
|What is it for a saint to die||Joseph Swain (Author)||7|
|What must it be to dwell above||Joseph Swain (Author)||11|
|When firm we stand on Zion's hill||Joseph Swain (Author)||2|
|When on my beloved I gaze||Joseph Swain (Author)||5|
|When swelling Jordan o'er us rolls||Swain (Author)||4|
|Who can forbear to sing||Swain (Author)||38|
|Why should the saints be filled with dread||Swain (Author)||12|
|Why should we shrink at death's cold flood||Swain (Author)||3|
|Ye daughters of Zion, declare, have ye seen||Swain (Author)||8|
|Ye saints, proclaim in joyful strains||Swain (Author)||2|