James Cowden Wallace

Short Name: James Cowden Wallace
Full Name: Wallace, James Cowden, 1793-1841
Birth Year: 1793
Death Year: 1841

Wallace, James Cowden, was born at Dudley, circa 1793. He was brother of the Rev. Robert Wallace (1791-1880), Professor of Theology in Manchester New College, and author of Antitrinitarian Biography. J. C. Wallace was Unitarian minister at Totnes, 1824, and afterwards at Brighton and Wareham. He died at Wareham in 1841. He was a prolific hymnwriter, and contributed various other poetical pieces to the Monthly Repository. In a Selection of Hymns for Unitarian Worship, by R. Wallace, Chesterfield, 1822, there are 13 of his hymns, and in the 2nd edition of the same, 1826, there are 29 more. There are also 10 of his hymns in the Dukinfield Selection of Psalms & Hymns for Christian Worship, 1822 (still in use), and 64 in Beard's Collection of Hymns, 1837. Of these hymns the following are still in common use:—
1. Is there no balm to soften grief? The Efficacy of Prayer (1837).
2. It is not rank, or power, or state. The Universality of the Gospel.
3. There's not a place in earth's vast round. God seen in Everything.
4. Through every clime God's care extends. Divine Care of All.
5. There is an eye that never sleeps. The Divine Helper in Need. [Rev. Valentine D. Davis, B.A.]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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Wallace, James Cowdan, 1793 (?>-184l. Minister at various places in the south of England, finally at Wareham, author of a considerable number of hymns, to be found in his brother Robert's Selection of Hymns for Unitarian Worship, Chesterfield, 1822, enlarged ed., 1826, and in Beard's Collection, 1837. In the Baptist Hymnal is, "There is an eye that never sleeps” (The Divine watchfulness). See "There's not a star whose trembling light.”

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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