Dwight, Timothy, a distinguished Congregational
minister and educator, was born
at Northampton, Mass., May 14, 1752. His
mother was a daughter of Jonathan Edwards.
He entered Yale College at the age
of thirteen, and, graduating four years
later, became a tutor, which position he resigned
in 1777 to become chaplain in the
Revolutionary army. He next became a
pastor at Greenfield, Conn., and in 1795
was elected President of Yale College, and
remained in this position until his death,
January 11, 1817. He is best known by his
theological works, which are numerous and
strong and show him to be a moderate Calvinist
in faith. In 1800 he prepared and
published a revised edition of Watts's
Psalms, which was approved and adopted
by the General Association of Connecticut
(Congregational). This volume contained
several other hymns from various sources,
some of which were written by himself.
He is the author of about a dozen hymns
found in modern Church hymnals. "This
is the most important name," says Prof. F.
M. Bird, "in early American hymnology, as
it is also one of the most illustrious in
American literature and education."
|I love thy kingdom, Lord
|Shall man, O God of light and life
|While life prolongs its precious light