|Short Name:||Simon Browne|
|Full Name:||Browne, Simon, 1680-1732|
Simon Browne was born at Shepton Mallet, Somersetshire, about 1680. He began to preach as an "Independent" before he was twenty years of age, and was soon after settled at Portsmouth. In 1716, he became pastor in London. In 1723, he met with some misfortunes, which preyed upon his mind, and produced that singular case of monomania, recorded in the text-books of Mental Philosophy; he thought that God had "annihilated in him the thinking substance, and utterly divested him of consciousness." "Notwithstanding," says Toplady, "instead of having no soul, he wrote, reasoned, and prayed as if he had two." He died in 1732. His publications number twenty-three, of which some are still in repute.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872.
Browne, Simon. A contemporary of Dr. Watts, born at Shepton Mallet, Somersetshire, cir. 1680, and died in 1732. After studying for the Independent Ministry under the Rev. John Moore, of Bridgewater, he became pastor of an Independent charge in Portsmouth, and then, in 1716, of the Independent-Chapel in Old Jewry, London. His lateryears were clouded by a peculiar malady, under the influence of which "he imagined that God had in a gradual manner annihilated in him the thinking substance, and utterly divested him of consciousness." It is supposed that the death of a highwayman at his hands during a violent struggle, followed by that of his wife and son a short time after, had much to do in producing this sad result. Whilst thus contending that he had no power to think, he produced a work in defence of Christianity, another in defence of the Trinity, a third as an Exposition of the 1st Epistle to the Corinthians, and a fourth in the form of a Dictionary. His publications number over 20. Of these works, he is known to hymnology through his:—
Hymns and Spiritual Songs, in Three Books, designed as a Supplement to Dr. Watts, &c, 1720, 2nd edition 1741, 3rd edition 1760. It contains 166 hymns, 7 doxologies, and a Preface of some historical interest.
In the old collections Simon Browne's hymns (all of which are from the above collection) held a prominent position, but in modern hymnals they are fast passing out of use. The best known and most widely used are "Come, Holy [gracious] Spirit, Heavenly Dove," "O God, on Thee we all depend," and "Lord, at Thy feet we sinners lie." In addition the following are also in common use:—
1. Eternal God, Almighty Cause. Unity of God.
2. Eternal God, of beings First. God all in all .
3. Frequent the day of God returns. Sunday.
4. Great First of beings, Mighty Lord. Creation.
5. Great God, my joyful thanks to Thee. Thanksgiving.
6. Great God, Thy peerless excellence. Imitation of God.
7. Great Lord of earth and seas and skies. Providence.
8. Great Ruler of the earth and sky. Providence.
9. Hail, Holy Spirit, bright, immortal, Dove. Whitsuntide.
10. Hail, happy day, the [thou] day of holy rest. Sunday.
11. I cannot shun the stroke of death. Death.
12. Lord, Thou art good; all nature shows. Divine Goodness.
13. Lord, what a feeble frame is ours. Frailty of Life.
14. O God, on Thee we all depend. Confidence in God.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Texts by Simon Browne (57)||As||Authority Languages||Instances|
|And now my soul, another year||Browne (Author)||English||124|
|And now, my soul the circling sun||Browne (Author)||4|
|At Pentecost, illustrious day||Simon Browne (Author)||2|
|Awake, my soul, rouse every power||Simon Browne (Author)||9|
|Awake, my soul, shake off the dream||Simon Browne (Author)||1|
|Bound for the better land||Simon Browne (Author)||2|
|Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly Dove, With light and comfort from above||Simon Browne (Author)||English||461|
|Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove, My sinful maladies remove||Simon Browne (Author)||5|
|Eternal God! Almighty cause||Browne (Author)||English||106|
|Eternal God, of beings First||Simon Browne (Author)||2|
|Frequent the day of God returns||Simon Browne (Author)||English||132|
|From north and south, from east and west||Butcher (Author)||1|
|God of my life, my thanks to thee||Simon Browne (Author)||8|
|God of our lives, our thanks to thee||Browne (Author)||8|
|Great First of beings, mighty Lord||Simon Brown (Author)||English||34|
|Great God, my [our] joyful thanks to Thee||Simon Browne (Author)||English||9|
|Great God, thy peerless excellence||Simon Browne (Author)||10|
|Great Lord of earth, and seas and skies||Browne (Author)||25|
|Hail, happy day, the day of sacred rest||Simon Browne (Author)||1|
|Hail, happy day, thou day of holy rest||Brown (Author)||31|
|Hail, Holy Spirit, bright immortal Dove||Simon Browne (Author)||7|
|Hail sovereign love! that first began||Browne (Author)||English||1|
|How oft the day of God returns||Simon Browne (Author)||5|
|Hui mai anei na hoa||Simon Browne, 1680-1732 (Author)||Hawaiian||3|
|I cannot shun the stroke of death||Browne (Author)||14|
|Jesus, my Savior and my King, to Thee my grateful heart I bring||Simon Browne (Author)||English||2|
|Jesus the incarnate God of love||Simon Browne (Author)||11|
|Ka uhane lani e iho mai||Simon Browne, 1680-1732 (Author)||Hawaiian||3|
|Let men of high conceit and zeal||Browne (Author)||4|
|Lo what a feeble frame is ours||Simon Browne (Author)||English||1|
|Lord, at thy feet we sinners lie||Simon Browne (Author)||English||61|
|Lord, at thy feet in dust I lie||Simon Browne (Author)||16|
|Lord, at thy feet we humbly lie, And knock at mercy's door||Simon Browne (Author)||4|
|Lord, thou art good, all nature shows||Simon Browne (Author)||69|
|Lord, what a feeble frame is ours||Simon Browne (Author)||3|
|My soul, forbear on transient things||Browne (Author)||4|
|Now, O my soul, another year||Simon Browne (Author)||2|
|O God, my Father, and my King||Browne (Author)||10|
|O God, my Savior, and my King||Simon Browne (Author)||9|
|O God, on thee we all depend||Simon Browne (Author)||11|
|O God, our Father, and our king||Simon Browne (Author)||16|
|O God our Savior and our King||Simon Browne (Author)||2|
|O how can they look up to heaven||Simon Browne (Author)||28|
|O Lord, my Savior and my King||Simon Browne (Author)||5|
|O Lord of earth and seas and skies||Simon Browne (Author)||8|
|Oh amado niño de Belén||Simon Browne (Author)||Spanish||2|
|Oh, Santo Espíritu de Dios Quien habla con tan suave voz||Simon Browne (Author)||Spanish||2|
|Shine forth, O Sun of boundless love||Simon Browne, 1680-1732 (Author)||1|
|Stand still, refulgent orb of day||Butcher (Author)||1|
|There is a land of pure delight, Where saints immortal reign||Brown (Author)||English||1|
|To Father, Son, and Spirit, ever blest||Rev. Simon Browne, 1680-1732 (Author)||English||9|
|To heaven, my longing soul aspire||Browne (Author)||8|
|To us the light of truth display||S. Browne (Author)||2|
|Vain world, thy cheating arts give o'er||Brown (Author)||6|
|We cannot shun the stroke of death||Simon Browne (Author)||4|
|Welcome, sweet day, of days the best||Rev. Simon Browne, 1680-1732 (Author)||6|
|Wherewith shall I approach the Lord||Simon Browne (Author)||40|