Francis, Benjamin, an English Baptist minister,
born in Wales in 1734. He united
with the Baptist Church at fifteen years of
age, and began preaching when only nineteen.
He was educated at the Bristol Baptist
College. After a brief ministry at Sodbury,
he accepted a call to the Baptist
Church at Shortwood in 1757, and remained
there until his death, December 14, 1799.
An earnest and popular preacher and indefatigable
worker, he received flattering calls
from London and elsewhere, but refused
them all in deep devotion to his flock at
Shortwood, He published several small
volumes of poetry, among them two volumes
of Welsh hymns, 1774 and 1786. Five
of his hymns were published in Rippon's
well-known hymn beginning, "Jesus, and shall it ever
be," owes its present popular form to Francis.
|Great King of glory, come
|Jesus, and shall it ever be
|Praise the Saviour, all ye nations