Spurgeon, Charles Haddon, the world-famous preacher, was born June 19, 1834, at Kelvedon, in Essex, where his father was Congregational minister. He was educated at Colchester, and at an Agricultural College at Maidstone, after which he was for a few years usher in schools at Newmarket and Cambridge. In 1851 he became minister of a small Baptist church at Waterbeach, near Cambridge, and soon attained great popularity. In 1854 he removed to New Park Street, London, the place where Drs. Gill and Rippon had formerly ministered, and ere long the thronging of people to hear him led, first, to the temporary occupation of Exeter Hall, and of the Surrey Music Hall, and then to the erection of the great Metropolitan Tabernacle, where he still minist… Go to person page >
Come ye who bow to sov'reign grace. Maria De Fleury. [Holy Baptism.] Appeared in J. Middleton's Hymns, 1793, No. 309, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines. In Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, No. 923, is a cento, stanzas i., ii., iv. being from this hymn, and stanza iii. by Mr. Spurgeon. In Miller's Singers & Songs, &c, 1869, p. 328, the original hymn is attributed to James Upton in error.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)