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J. N. Darby

J. N. Darby
Short Name: J. N. Darby
Full Name: Darby, J. N. (John Nelson), 1800-1882
Birth Year: 1800
Death Year: 1882

Darby, John Nelson, M.A., youngest son of John Darby of Leap, King's Co., Ireland, was born at Westminster, Nov. 18, 1800; educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated in 1819; and in due course was called to the Bar. He subsequently took Holy Orders; but in a short time allied himself with the Plymouth Brethren. In the exercise of his ministry amongst them he visited most parts of the world, and translated the Bible into English, French, and German. His published works, including a Synopsis of the Books of the Bible; Notes on Revelations, &c, are numerous. He died at Bournemouth, April 29, 1882.

His hymns in common use are:—
1. Hark, ten thousand voices crying. The Second Advent anticipated. Praise. Appeared in Hymns for the Poor of the Flock, 1837, and repeated in Psalms and Hymns and Sacred Songs, Lend., Walther, 1842, and A Few Hymns, &c, 1856. It is also given in a few collections other than those for use amongst the “Brethren."
2. O Lord, thy love's unbounded, So sweet, &c. God's unchanging Love. Given in A Few Hymns, &c., 1856, No. 82, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines. Another hymn in the same collection, No. 85, begins with the same first line: "O Lord, Thy love's unbounded! So full, so vast, so free!" This is in 2 stanzas of 8 lines, and is attributed in the "S. MSS." to J. N. Darby, in common with the first.
3. Rest of the saints above. Heaven. In A Few Hymns, &c, 1856, No. 79, in 14 stanzas of 4 lines.
4. Rise, my soul, thy God directs thee. Divine Guidance. 1st published in Hymns for the Poor of the Flock, 1837; and again in Psalms and Hymns, 1842 (as above); and A Few Hymns, &c, 1856, in 10 stanzas of 41. It is also in Dr. Walker's Cheltenham Psalms and Hymns, 1855-1831.
5. This world is a wilderness wide. Following Christ. This is No. 139, in 8 stanzas of 4 lines, in A Few Hymns, &c, 1856.
6. Though faint, yet pursuing, we go on our way. Divine Strength and Defence. This hymn was given anonymously in the Baptist Psalms and Hymns, 1858, No. 558, in 5 stanzas of 8 lines. In the 1871 ed. of the same collection, it appeared as by "John N. Darby (?) 1861." Here we have a doubt and an error. The doubt is with respect to the authorship; and the error is in the date. A hymn published in 1858 cannot be accurately dated "1861." The evidence for the J. N. Darby authorship is most unsatisfactory. We can simply name it "Anon."

All these hymns were published anonymously; and the ascriptions of authorship of 1-5 are given from the "S. MSS." The same manuscripts say that he edited the work above referred to: A Few Hymns and some Spiritual Songs, Selected, 1856, for the Little Flock. Lond. Groombridge & Sons.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Darby, John N. , p. 279, ii. Respecting the hymn "Though faint, yet pursuing, &c." (No. 6), Miller says in his Singers & Songs of the Church, 1869, p. 587, that Mr. Darby told him that he was not its author.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

Texts by J. N. Darby (38)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
And is it so, I shall be like Thy Son?John Nelson Darby (Author)English8
And shall we see Thy faceJ. N. Darby (Author)English5
Blest Father! infinite in grace!J. N. Darby (Author)English1
Diese Welt ist eine WüsteJohn Nelson Darby, 1800-1882 (Author)German2
Father, in Thine eternal power, Thy grace, Thy majesty divineJohn Nelson Darby (Author)English3
Father! Thy Name our souls would blessJ. N. Darby (Author)English1
Father! Thy sovereign love has soughtJohn Nelson Darby (Author)English4
父阿,兒女稱頌你名,(Fù ā, érnǚ chēngsòng nǐ míng,)John N. Darby (Author)Chinese2
God and Father, we adore YouJ. N. Darby (Author)English2
Guide me, O Thou great JehovahJ. N. D. (Alterer)English1
Hark, ten thousand voices cryingJohn N. Darby, 1800-1882 (Author)English4
I'm waiting for the gloryJ. N. Darby (Author)English1
I'm waiting for Thee, Lord, Thyself then to see, Lord!J. N. Darby (Author)English1
It is not with uncertain stepJohn Nelson Darby (Author)English2
Jesus! canst Thou receiveJ. N. Darby (Author)English1
Lord Jesus! Source of every graceJ. N. Darby (Author)English1
你這因著奔正路 (Nǐ zhè yīnzhe bēn zhènglù)John N. Darby (Author)Chinese2
O bright and blessed hope! When shall it be?J. N. Darby (Author)English1
O ever homeless Stranger, Thus, dearest Friend to meJohn Nelson Darby (Author)English3
O eyes that are weary, and hearts that are soreRev. John N. Darby (Author)English15
O Jesus, precious Savior, O! when wilt Thou return?J. N. Darby (Author)English1
O Lord! Thy glory we beholdJ. N. Darby (Author)English1
O Lord, Thy love's unbounded!John Nelson Darby (Author)English6
O the joy of salvation we possess around the throne!J. N. Darby (Author)English1
O bright and blessed scenesJ. N. Darby (Author)English4
Our God whom we have knownJohn Nelson Darby (Author)English2
Rest of the saints aboveJ. N. Darby (Author)English1
Rise, my soul, thy God directs theeJ. N. Darby (Author)English7
Sing without ceasing, singJohn Nelson Darby (Author)English5
Soon we taste the endless sweetnessJ. N. Darby (Author)English1
There is rest for the weary soulJ. N. Darby (Author)English1
This world is a wilderness wideJ. N. Darby (Author)English4
Though faint, yet pursuing, we go on our wayJohn N. Darby (Author)English88
聽哪!千萬聲音雷嗚,同聲高舉神羔羊 (Tīng nǎ! Qiān wàn shēngyīn léi wū, tóng shēng gāojǔ shén gāoyáng)John N. Darby (Author)Chinese2
To live of Thee—blest Source of deepest joy!J. N. Darby (Author)English1
萬福之父,恩深無際,(Wànfú zhī fù, ēn shēn wújì,)John N. Darby (Author)Chinese2
We'll praise Thee, glorious LordJ. N. Darby (Author)English3
What power, mighty Voice, so nearJ. N. Darby (Author)English1
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