John Rippon

John Rippon
Short Name: John Rippon
Full Name: Rippon, John, 1751-1836
Birth Year: 1751
Death Year: 1836

Rippon, John, D.D., was born at Tiverton, Devon, April 29, 1751, and was educated for the ministry at the Baptist College, Bristol. In 1773 he became Pastor of the Baptist church in Carter Lane, Tooley Street (afterwards removed to New Park Street), London, and over this church he continued to preside until his death, on Dec. 17, 1836. The degree of D.D. was conferred on him in 1792 by the Baptist College, Providence, Rhode Island. Dr. Rippon was one of the most popular and influential Dissenting ministers of his time. From 1790 to 1802 he issued the Baptist Annual Register, a periodical containing an account of the most important events in the history of the Baptist Denomination in Great Britain and America during that period, and very valuable now as a book of reference. But his most famous work is his Selection of hymns for public worship, which appeared in 1787. The full title of the first edition is A selection of Hymns from the best authors, intended as an Appendix to Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns. In 1791 he published a Selection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes from the Best Authors, adapted to Dr. Watts's Psalms and Hymns, and to his own Selection, and from that time the names of tunes were prefixed to the hymns in the successive editions of his hymn-book. In 1800 he published the 10th ed. of his Selections, containing more than sixty additional hymns.

In 1827 it was still further enlarged, and in 1844, after his death, appeared The Comprehensive Edition, commonly known as The Comprehensive Rippon, containing most of the additional hymns, with about 400 then first added, making in all upwards of 1170, in 100 metres. A rival to the Comprehensive was also afterwards published under the old title, somewhat enlarged. In the preparation of the original book, and its subsequent improvement, Dr. Rippon performed an important service to Baptist Hymnody, and also, it is said, gained for himself "an estate" through its immense sale. In the preface to the tenth edition lie claims for himself the authorship of some of the hymns, but as he refrained from affixing his name to any of the hymns it is impossible now to say with certainty which ought to be ascribed to him. There can, however, be no reasonable doubt that hymn 535, 3rd part, "The day has dawned, Jehovah comes" (q.v.), is one of his compositions. Other hymns, probably by him, are, "Amid the splendours of Thy state" (Love of God), 1800; and "There is joy in heaven, and joy on earth" (Joy over the Repenting Sinner), 1787. He also altered the texts of and made additions to several of the older hymns. Some of these altered texts are still in common use. In 1830 the additions given in the 27th ed., 1827, of Rippon's Selections were reprinted, with notes by Dr. Slater, as:—

Hymns Original and Selected; interspersed in the Twenty-seventh edition of the Selection, with Numerous Doxologies, in the Usual, the Peculiar, and in the less Common metres. By John Rippon, D.D.

A second edition of this pamphlet of 82 hymns and doxologies appeared in 1832. [Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Texts by John Rippon (51)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
All hail the great Emmanuel's nameJohn Rippon (Author)1
All hail the power of Jesus' name, Let angels prostrate fallJohn Rippon (Author)English1645
See, gracious God, before Thy throneRippon (Author)English2
Amid the splendors of thy stateJohn Rippon (Author)English39
And must I part with all I haveRippon (Author)English7
As showers on meadows newly mownRippon (Author)English2
As when in silence, vernal showersJohn Rippon (Author)14
At anchor laid, remote from homeRippon (Author)1
Awake our drowsy soulsJohn Rippon (Author)English1
Come now, ye sinners, saith the LordJohn Rippon (Author)1
Come on my fellow-pilgrims, comeRippon (Author)English2
Come, thou soul transforming SpiritJohn Rippon (Author)English2
Come ye redeemed of the Lord, Come and obey his sacred wordRippon (Author)English2
Dear Lord, and will thy pardoning loveRippon (Author)English2
Dear Lord why should I doubt Thy love Or disbelieve thy grace?Rippon (Author)1
Descend, Holy Spirit, the DoveRippon (Author)English5
Great God, the nations of the earth Are by creation thineRippon (Author)English1
Great God, the nations of the earth (Rippon)John Rippon (Author)3
Great God, where'er we pitch our tentJohn Rippon (Author (attributed to))English1
Hark! the herald angels sing Glory to the new-born KingRippon (Author)English1
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the LordJohn Rippon (Author)English3
How precious is the book divineRippon (Author)English6
I my Ebenezer raiseRippon (Author)English1
Jesus, at thy commandJohn Rippon (Author)English2
Let every kindred, every tribeJohn Rippon (Author)2
Lo! he cometh! countless trumpetsJohn Rippon (Author)English2
Loores dad a Cristo el ReyJohn Rippon, 1751-1836 (Author (v. 3-4))Spanish4
Lord, dismiss us with Thy blessing, Fill our hearts with joy and peaceRippon (Author)English10
Lord, shall we part with gold for drossJohn Rippon (Author)English6
Lord, we come before thee nowRippon (Author)English1
My gracious Redeemer I loveJohn Rippon (Author)English1
Not unto us but thee aloneRippon (Author)English2
Sinner, O, why so thoughtless grown?Rippon (Author)English3
O the immense, the amazing heightJohn Rippon (Author)English1
O what stupendous mercy shinesRippon (Author)English7
Praise the Savior, all ye nationsJohn Rippon (Author)English1
Rejoice, the Lord is King: Your Lord and King adoreRippon (Author)English8
Saudai o nome de JesusJohn Rippon (Author (st. 4))Portuguese3
Thee we adore, Eternal Word, the Father's equal SonJohn Rippon (Author)1
There's joy in heaven, and joy on earthJohn Rippon (Author)English16
'Tis religion that can give Sweetest pleasure while we liveJohn Rippon (1751-1836) (Author (Attributed to, verse 4))English1
To praise the ever bounteous LordRippon (Author)English5
'Twas by an order from the LordJohn Rippon (Author)English1
Unto thine altar LordRippon (Author)English3
When Abram, full of sacred aweRippon (Author)English1
When Thou my righteous Judge shalt comeRippon (Author)English3
When will the happy trump proclaimRippon (Author)6
Where'er the blustering north wind blowsRippon (Author)1
Why should our mourning thoughts delightRippon (Author)English4
Why should our tears in sorrow flowRev. John Rippon, 1751-1836 (Author)English2
Ye bondmen! afflicted with wave upon waveJohn Rippon (Author)English2

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