Beddome, Benjamin, an English Baptist
minister, was born in Warwickshire January
23, 1717. He was apprenticed to an
apothecary in Bristol; but when he was
twenty years of age he was converted, and
soon after began to prepare for the ministry.
In 1743 he was ordained and became
the pastor of a small Baptist Church at
Bourton. Later he received an urgent call
to a Church in London; but he refused the
call and remained at Bourton fifty-two
years--until his death, September 3, 1795.
It was a frequent custom with him to write
a hymn to be sung after his morning sermon.
A number of these hymns were published
in Rippon's Selection, 1787, and so
came into common use. A volume of his
hymns, over eight hundred in number, was
Published in 1818.
in the preface to his Christian Psalmist, quotes
the first stanza of one of Beddome's hymns as follows,
Let party names no more
The Christian world o'erspread;
Gentile and Jew, and bond and free
Are one in Christ their head.
and makes this just remark: "His name
would deserve to be held in everlasting remembrance
if he had left no other memorial
of the excellent spirit which was in him
than these few humble verses." Beddome's
hymns have been more highly appreciated
in America than in his native country. The
honorary degree of Master of Arts was conferred
upon him in 1770 by Rhode Island
College, now Brown University.
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