|Short Name:||George Rawson|
|Full Name:||Rawson, George, 1807-1889|
Born: June 5, 1807, Leeds, England.
Died: March 25, 1889, Clifton, England.
Buried: Arno’s Vale Cemetery, Bristol, England.
Pseudonym: A Leeds Layman.
Rawson, George, was born June 5, 1807, at Leeds, in which town he practised for many years as a solicitor. In 1853 he assisted the Congregational ministers of Leeds in the compilation of Psalms, Hymns, and Passages of Scripture for Christian Worship, a volume commonly known as the Leeds Hymn-book. Mr. Rawson was a member of the Congregational body. In 1858 he also assisted Rev. Dr. Green and other Baptist ministers in the preparation of Psalms and Hymns for the use of the Baptist Denomination. A number of Mr. Rawson's own compositions first appeared in this and in the Leeds Hymn-book In 1876 he published his Hymns, Verses and Chants (Hodder and Stoughton, London), including his previously published hymns, and containing (exclusive of chants) 80 original pieces. In 1885 most of these, with several additional hymns, were published by the R. T. S. under the title Songs of Spiritual Thought. Mr. Rawson died March 25, 1889.
His hymns are distinguished by refinement of thought, and delicacy and propriety of language; and if they do not attain the first rank among the songs of the Christian Church, many are of great excellence. The most widely known are, "By Christ redeemed, in Christ restored;" "Come to our poor nature's night;" "Father in high heaven dwelling;" "In the dark and cloudy day;" and "Reaper, behold the fields are white." In the Leeds Hymn-book, 1853, and the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858, there are also several recasts of and additions to the hymns of other writers. In addition to Mr. Rawson's hymns which are annotated under their respective first lines, the following are also in common use:-
i. From the Leeds Hymn-book, 1853.
1. Captain and Saviour of the host. Burial.
2. Give dust to dust: and here we leave. Burial.
3. God the Lord is King-—before him. Ps. xcix.
4. In the dark and cloudy day. Consolation.
5. Soul, thy week of toil is ended. Saturday Evening.
6. Though the night be very long. Resignation.
ii. From the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858.
7. Beautiful, desired, and dear. Public Worship.
8. Blessed are they who have not seen. Faith.
9. Blessed is the faithful heart. Faithfulness.
10. Christ to heaven is gone before. Ascension.
11. God the Father, be Thou near. Evening.
12. He fell asleep in Christ the Lord. Burial.
13. Immersed beneath the closing wave. Holy Baptism.
14. Lord, we bless Thee, Who hast given. Holy Communion.
15. My Father God, with filial awe. Abiding in God.
16. Our eyes we lift up to the hills. The Lord the Pastor's Keeper.
17. Reaper, behold the fields are ripe [white] . Missions.
18. Rise, heart, thy Lord arose. Sunday.
19. Upon the holy mountains high. Security of the Church.
iii. From the Leeds Sunday School Hymn Book, 1858.
20. And will [How shall] the mighty God. The Holy Ghost.
21. Jesus, the Lord, our Righteousness. Jesus, the children's Friend.
22. O Thou Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd.
iv. From Dr. Allon's Supplemental Hymns, 1868.
23. My Father, it is good for me. Trust.
24. Thou Who hast known the careworn breast. Evening.
25. Walking with Thee, my God. Walking with God.
v. From Mr. Rawson's Hymns, Verses, &c. 1876.
26. God is our Refuge; God our Strength. Ps. xlvi.
27. Lo, a voice from heaven hath said. Burial.
28. Lord, let me pray. I know not how. The Holy Spirit desired.
29. O pallid, gentle, grief-worn face. Easter Eve.
30. Out of the depths, the gulfs, the night. Ps. cxxx.
31. This, the old world's day of rest. Saturday Evening. [1854-7.]
32. Thou who Thyself didst sanctify. Ordination. [1854-7.]
33. Voices of the deep blue night. The Heavenly Call.
34. With gladness we worship. Public Worship.
Mr. Rawson is represented by about 50 hymns in the collections of the present day. It must be noted that in the Hymns, &c, 1876, and in the Songs, &c, 1885, the texts of the hymns have been revised, and in several instances been weakened thereby. [Rev.W. R. Stevenson, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Rawson, George, p. 952, i. Additional hymns by this author in common use include:—
1. Come, Spirit of the Lord. From his “How shall the mighty God," in his Hymns, Verses, &c, 1876, No. 43.
2. Each trial hath a gentle voice. Patience and Hope. In the 1880 Supplement to the Baptist Psalms and Hymns. This is dated 1857. It is not in the author's Hymns, 1876.
3. Stand up before your God. All Saints. In the 1880 Baptist Psalms and Hymns this is dated 1865. It is not in Rawson's Hymns, 1876.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)
|Texts by George Rawson (37)||As||Authority Languages||Instances|
|حفظا لما أوصى الحبيب||George Rawson (Author)||Arabic||1|
|And will the mighty God||George Rawson (Author)||English||17|
|At evening time, when day is done||George Rawson (Author)||1|
|By Christ redeemed, in Christ restored||George Rawson (Author)||English||155|
|Cast thy burden on the Lord, Lean thou only on His word||George Rawson (Author)||English||6|
|Cast thy burden on the Lord, Only lean upon His word||George Rawson (Author)||English||17|
|Children's voices high in heaven||George Rawson (Author)||English||9|
|Christ to Heaven is gone before||George Rawson (Author)||English||10|
|Come to our poor nature's night||George Rawson (Author)||English||59|
|Father, in high heaven dwelling||George Rawson, 1807-1889 (Author)||English||28|
|Father of love and power||G. Rawson (1807- ) (Author)||English||48|
|God is our refuge and defense||G. Rawson (Author)||2|
|God the Father, be thou near||George Rawson (Author)||11|
|God the Lord is King, before him||George Rawson, 1807-1889 (Author)||English||13|
|Holy Ghost, the Infinite||George Rawson (1807-1885) (Author)||English||68|
|Holy one, the infinite||George Rawson (Author)||English||5|
|Holy Spirit, in thy might, shine||George Rawson (Author)||3|
|Holy Spirit, lamp of light||George Rawson (Author)||6|
|Immersed beneath the closing wave||George Rawson (Author)||6|
|In Gott versöhnt, in Christus neu||George Rawson (Author)||German||1|
|In the dark and cloudy day||George Rawson (Author)||English||52|
|Lord, when thy way is in the sea||George Rawson (Author)||2|
|My Father, it is good for me||George Rawson (Author)||English||4|
|No limitemos la verdad del omnisciente Dios||George Rawson (Author)||Spanish||2|
|O God, my strength and fortitude||George Rawson, 1807-1889 (Alterer)||English||1|
|O Lord of heaven and earth and sea||Geo. Rawson (Author)||English||1|
|Praise ye the Lord, immortal choir in heavenly heights above||George Rawson (Author)||5|
|Reaper, behold the fields are white||George Rawson (Author)||3|
|Soul, thy week of toil is ended||G. Rawson (Author)||2|
|The God of love my Shepherd is, My gracious constant guide||G. Rawson (Author)||English||11|
|Thou who hast known the careworn breast||George Rawson, 1807-1889 (Author)||English||3|
|Thou who thyself didst sanctify||George Rawson (Author)||5|
|Walking with Thee, my God||George Rawson (Author)||English||10|
|We limit not the truth of God||G. Rawson (Author)||English||20|
|Who dares to bind to his dull sense||George Rawson (Author)||English||3|
|With gladness we worship, Rejoice as we sing||George Rawson (Author)||English||14|
|Ye hosts of heaven, ye mighty ones||George Rawson (Adapter)||5|