Kelly, Thomas, the son of Right Hon. Baron
Kelly, was born in Dublin, Ireland,
July 13, 1769; was graduated at Trinity
College, Dublin University; studied law.
but abandoned it in 1793 to enter the ministry
of the Established Church. His evangelical
and heart-searching preaching
proved too strong for the Established
Church, and he was forbidden by Archbishop
Fowler to preach in the city. For
some time he preached in two "unconsecrated
places" in Dublin, and then he left
the Established Church and became an Independent.
He was very wealthy, and as
liberal as he was wealthy. He was a most
pious, consecrated, and useful preacher.
He labored in Dublin for more than sixty
years, and lived to be eighty-five years old.
He died May 14, 1854. His Scripture
Hymns grew from a volume of ninety-six
hymns as first published in 1804 to a collection
of 765 in 1853, all original.
|Hark, ten thousand harps and voices
|Look, ye saints, the sight is glorious
|On the mountain's top appearing
|The head that once was crowned
|The Lord is risen indeed
|Zion stands with hills surrounded