Gently, my Savior, let me down

Gently, my Savior, let me down

Author: Rowland Hill
Published in 46 hymnals

Author: Rowland Hill

Hill, Rowland, M.A., son of Sir Rowland Hill, Bart., was born at Hawkstone, near Shrewsbury, Aug. 23,1744, and educated at Shrewsbury Grammar School, Eton, and St. John's College, Cambridge (B.A. 1769). Taking Holy Orders, he was for a time curate of Kingston, near Taunton. Leaving his curacy, but without renouncing his Orders or his connection with the Church of England, he itinerated for some twelve years, preaching mostly in Wilts, Gloucestershire, Somersetshire, and London. At Wotton-under-Edge he built a Chapel, where he often preached, and also opened the well-known Surrey Chapel, London, in 1783. At the latter place he ministered for nearly fifty years. He took great interest in Evangelical and Mission work, was one of the founders o… Go to person page >

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First Line: Gently, my Savior, let me down
Author: Rowland Hill

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Gently, my [Father] Saviour, let me down. R. Hill. [Death anticipated.] In the Life of the Rev. Rowland Hill, M.A., by the Rev. Edwin Sidney, 1834, Mr. Sidney says, in describing the death of Mr. Hill, "Sometimes he repeated the first verse of his own beautiful hymn, ”Gently, my Saviour, let me down"; but he does not indicate where the full text could be found, nor the date of its composition. Dr. Hatfield in his American Church Hymn Book, 1872, No. 1357, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines, dates it 1832, that is, the year before Mr. Hill's death. In the American Church Praise Book, N.Y., 1882, No. 655, it is dated 1796. This is certainly an error. The hymn is essentially an old man's hymn, and Dr. Hatfield's date is consistent with this fact. The hymn was given in 3 stanzas of 4 lines in the American Universalists' Hymns for Christian Devotion, 1846, No. 536, as "Gently, my Father, let me down."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Gently, my Saviour, let me down , p. 409, i. This hymn was first printed in E. Sidney's Life of Rowland Hill , 1834, p. 404, and to it he adds the following note:— "This hymn was written by Mr. Hill for the comfort of a dying member of his Surrey Chapel congregation, who received it a few hours before death. I found it amongst his papers, in his own handwriting, and I believe it never has been printed. It is called 'The Prayer of the Dying Christian.'" The hymn is in 8 stanzas of 4 lines.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

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Book of Hymns and Tunes, comprising the psalms and hymns for the worship of God, approved by the general assembly of 1866, arranged with appropriate tunes... by authority of the assembly of 1873 #380cPage Scan
Christian Hymn and Tune Book, for use in Churches, and for Social and Family Devotions #592Page Scan
Christian Hymns for Public and Private Worship: a collection compiled by a committee of the Cheshire Pastoral Association (11th ed.) #580Page Scan
Church Harmonies: a collection of hymns and tunes for the use of Congregations #726Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or Psalms and Hymns Designed for the Public, Social, and Private Use of Evangelical Christians ... with Supplement. 53rd ed. #648Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or psalms and hymns for the public, social and private use of evangelical Christians (5th ed.) #648Page Scan
Church Psalmist: or, psalms and hymns, for the public, social and private use of Evangelical Christians. With Supplement. (50th ed.) #648Page Scan
Hymns and Songs of Praise for Public and Social Worship #1294Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination #536Page Scan
Hymns for Christian Devotion: especially adapted to the Universalist denomination. (New ed.) #536Page Scan
Hymns for Social Worship. 6th ed. #d65
Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship: with tunes #1085Page Scan
Hymns of the Ages for Public and Social Worship #638Page Scan
Hymns of the Ages for Public and Social Worship, Approved and Recommended ... by the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. 2nd ed. #d145
Oberlin social & sabbath school hymn book #209Page Scan
Psalmista: or, Choir Melodies #d78
Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual Songs: a manual of worship for the church of Christ #1172Page Scan
Psalms and Hymns for the Worship of God #d212
Seamen's Hymns #648Page Scan
Seamen's Hymns and Devotional Assistant #d181
Social Psalmist: or hymns, selected for the private use and social meetings of evangelical Christians #648Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #1186
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #1186Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian worship #1186Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary: or hymns and tunes for Christian Worship #1186Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #1186Page Scan
Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #1186Page Scan
Songs of Pilgrimage, a Hymnal for the Churches of Christ, Part I #d58
Songs of Pilgrimage: a hymnal for the churches of Christ (2nd ed.) #160Page Scan
Songs of the Church: or, hymns and tunes for Christian worship #763Page Scan
The Baptist Hymn and Praise Book #d124
The Book of Praise: or, Hymns for Public and Social Worship #d201
The Christian Hymn Book: a compilation of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, original and selected (Rev. and enl.) #1034Page Scan
The Church Praise Book: a selection of hymns and tunes for Christian worship #655Page Scan
The Congregational Hymn Book: for the service of the sanctuary #1008Page Scan
The Imperial Harmony #d76
The New Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, for Public, Social and Private Worship #66Page Scan
The Palm: a collection of sacred music, for choirs, singing schools and conventions #105aPage Scan
The Reformed Church Hymnal: with tunes #502Page Scan
The Sabbath Hymn and Tune Book: for the service of song in the house of the Lord #377cPage Scan
The Sabbath Hymn Book. Baptist ed. #d267
The Service of Song for Baptist Churches #d238
The Social and Sabbath School Hymn-Book. (5th ed.) #209Page Scan
The Social Psalmist: a new selection of hymns for conference meetings and family worship #316Page Scan
The Standard Church Hymnal #495Page Scan
The Vestry Hymn and Tune Book #d118



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