John Berridge

John Berridge
Short Name: John Berridge
Full Name: Berridge, John, 1716-1793
Birth Year: 1716
Death Year: 1793

Berridge, John, born at Kingston, Notis, March 1, 1716, and educated at Clare Hall, Cambridge. In 1749 he was ordained as curate to the parish of Stapleford, near Cambridge, and in 1755 he was preferred to the Vicarage of Everton, where he died Jan. 22, 1793. His epitaph, written by himself for his own tombstone (with date of death filled in), is an epitome of his life. It reads:—

" Here lies the remains of John Berridge, late Vicar of Everton, and an itinerate servant of Jesus Christ, who loved his Master and His work; and after running on His errands for many years, was caught up to wait on Him above. Reader! art thou born again? (No salvation without a new birth.) I was born in sin, February, 1716; remained ignorant of my fallen state till 1730; lived proudly on faith and works for salvation till 1754; was admitted to Everton Vicarage, 1755; fled to Jesus for refuge, 1755; fell asleep in Jesus, January 22,1793."

The first collection of Berridge's hymns was published as A Collection of Divine Songs, 1760. This was subsequently suppressed. In 1785 his Sion's Songs; or, Hymns composed for the use of them that love and follow the Lord Jesus Christ in Sincerity were published. The work contains 342 hymns, some of which had previously appeared in the Gospel Magazine (from 1775 to 1777, 20 in all), under the signature of "Old Everton" and others were adapted from C. Wesley. The most popular of these in modern collections are, "Jesus, cast a look on me;" "O happy saints who dwell in light;” and "Since Jesus freely did appear." Concerning his hymns published in 1785, he says in his Preface:—

“Twelve years ago these hymns were composed in a six months' illness, and have since laid neglected by me, often threatened with the fire, but have escaped that martyrdom."

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Berridge, John, p. 138, i. The 1842 edition of his Sion's Songs has an elaborate preface by J. C. Philpot, the editor. From this collection the following additional hymns are in common use:—
1. I ask my dying Saviour dear. Sealed by Christ.
2. Lord Jesus, Who didst once appear. Holy Matrimony. An altered form of "Since Jesus freely did appear," p. 1059, i.
3. Soon as faith the Lord can see. None but Jesus.

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

Wikipedia Biography

John Berridge (1 March 1716 − 22 January 1793) was an Anglican evangelical revivalist and hymnist. J. C. Ryle wrote that as one of "the English evangelists of the eighteenth century" Berridge was "a mighty instrument for good."

Texts by John Berridge (61)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
كما يسوع قد أتى مشرف العرسJohn Berridge (Author)Arabic1
Abundance of good folk, I findBerridge (Author)English2
Alas, what mean those fearsJohn Berridge (Author)2
All in debt, or in distressBerridge (Author)English2
And does thy heart for Jesus pineJohn Berridge (Author)English2
Dear dying Friend, we look on theeJohn Berridge (Author)English2
Defiled I am indeedBerridge (Author)English2
Does conscience lay a guilty chargeBerridge (Author)English2
Ere we leave thy table, LordBerridge (Author)English2
Exceeding precious is my LordBerridge (Author)English5
Fools make a mock at sinJohn Berridge (Author)English2
For wretched strangers, such as IJohn Berridge (Author)English2
He that trusteth his own heartJohn Berridge (Author)English2
How shall I come to theeJohn Berridge (Author)English2
How simple are thy children, LordBerridge (Author)English2
How sinners vaunt of powerBerridge (Author)English2
I ask my dying Savior dearJohn Berridge (Author)English2
I hear a righteous manJohn Berridge (Author)English2
I stand at mercy’s doorJohn Berridge (Author)English2
If but a single moment's spaceJohn Berridge (Author)English2
If Jesus kindly sayBerridge (Author)English2
If unto Jesus thou art boundBerridge (Author)English2
Imputed righteousness is strangeBerridge (Author)English3
In darkness born, I went astrayBerridge (Author)English2
Jesus, cast a look on meJohn Berridge (Author)English17
Jesus, I long for thee, And sigh for Canaan's shoreBerridge (Author)English2
Let wanton men bewareJohn Berridge (Author)English2
My business lies at wisdom's gateBerridge (Author)English3
No awful sense we find of sinBerridge (Author)English2
No help in self I findJohn Berridge (Author)English2
No wisdom of man can spy out his heartJohn Berridge (Author)English2
O happy saints that dwell in lightJohn Berridge (Author)English36
Of cistern waters art thou sickJohn Berridge (Author)English2
On this sweet morn my Lord arose John Berridge (Author)English14
On wings of love the Saviour fliesJohn Berridge (Author)English2
Since Jesus freely did appearBerridge (Author)English120
Poor angry bosom hushJohn Berridge (Author)English2
Self-condemned and abhorredJohn Berridge (Author)English2
Send help, O Lord, we prayJohn Berridge (Author)English2
Some wise men of opinions boastJohn Berridge (Author)English2
Soon as faith the Lord can seeJohn Berridge (Author)English2
The law demands a weighty debtBerridge (Author)English2
The Lord of the feast we solemnly blessJohn Berridge (Author)English2
The sons of earth delightJohn Berridge (Author)English4
The sweet Lamb of God comes forth to be slainJohn Berridge (Author)English2
The table now is spreadJohn Berridge (Author)English4
There is a Friend, that sticketh fastBerridge (Author)English5
Though scorners Thee defyJohn Berridge (Author)English2
Thou poor, afflicted, temped soulJohn Berridge (Author)English2
Thy goodness, Lord, our souls confessBerridge (Author)English8
To Canaan art thou bound?John Berridge (Author)English2
Too long, alas, I vainly soughtJohn Berridge (Author)English2
Well, at length I plainly seeJohn Berridge (Author)English2
Well, canst thou read thy heartJohn Berridge (Author)English2
What a doleful voice I hearBerridge (Author)1
When I can sit at Jesus' feetBerridge (Author)English2
When Jesus' gracious handJohn Berridge ()English2
When Jesus would his grace proclaimJohn Berridge (Author)English2
Where must a sinner fly Who feels his guilty loadJohn Berridge (Author)English4
Why so cast down, dejected soul?John Berridge (Author)English2
Ye broken hearts all, who cry out "Unclean"John Berridge (Author)English2

Data Sources

Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


It looks like you are using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue helps keep us running. Please consider white-listing or subscribing to eliminate ads entirely and help support