Sir Edward Denny

Sir Edward Denny
Short Name: Sir Edward Denny
Full Name: Denny, Edward, Sir, 1796-1889
Birth Year: 1796
Death Year: 1889

Denny, Sir Edward, Bart . Sir Edward Denny, son of Sir E. Denny, 4th baronet, of Tralee Castle, County of Kerry, was born 2 Oct., 1796, and succeeded his father in August, 1831. He is a member of the Plymouth Brethren, and has contributed largely to their hymnody. His first publication, in which many of his hymns appeared, was A Selection of Hymns, Lond. Central Tract Depot, 1839. This was followed by Hymns & Poems , Lond., 1848 (third ed., 1870). He has also published several prose works. Many of his hymns are popular, and are in extensive use as:—" A pilgrim through this lonely world"; "Bride of the Lamb, rejoice, rejoice"; “Bright with all His crowns of glory"; “Light of the lonely pilgrim's heart”; "Sweet feast of love divine," and several others. In addition to these, which are separately annotated, and those which are confined in their use to the congregations of the "Brethren," there are also nearly 20 in limited use in Great Britain and America.

Of these the following appeared, first in his Selection of Hymns, 1839; then, in the Appendix to Hymns for the Poor of the Flock, 1841; and then in his Hymns & Poems, 1848-70 :—
1. Break forth, 0 earth, in praises. Praise for Redemption. This is given in several collections in Great Britain and America.
2. Children of God, in all your need. The Great High Priest. In limited use.
3. Children of light, arise and shine. Looking unto Jesus. In numerous hymnals in G. Britain and America.
4. Children of light, awake, awake. Advent . This hymn is an application of the Parable of the Ten Virgins to the Second Coming of Christ.
5. Dear Lord, amid the throng that pressed. The Holy Women at the Cross. The use of this hymn in America is somewhat extensive.
6. Hope of our hearts, 0 Lord, appear. The Second Advent desired. In the Hymns for the Poor of the Flock, 1837; and the author's Hymns & Poems, 1848-60, and various collections in Great Britain and America.
7. Joy to the ransomed earth. Jesus the King. Its use is limited.
8. Lo 'tis the heavenly army. The Second Advent. The original of this hymn is in 4 stanzas of 10 lines and as such it is usually given: but in the Peoples Hymnal, 1867, it is arranged in 4 stanzas of 8 lines, and is also slightly altered.
9. 0 grace divine! the Saviour shed. Good Friday. In limited use.
10. 0 what a bright and blessed world. The New Earth. This hymn is based upon Gen. v. 29, as interpreted from a Millennial point of view. Christ is regarded as the Rest (Noah-Rest) of His people, and the remover of the curse from the earth.
11. Sweet was the hour, 0 Lord, to Thee. Christ at the Well of Sychar. Limited in use.
12. Thou vain deceitful world, farewell. Forsaking the World for Christ. In several collections.
13. Through Israel's land the Lord of all . Mission to the Jews. In addition to its use in its full form, it is also given as: "O Zion, when thy Saviour came," as in Dr. Walker's Psalms & Hymns, 1855-71; Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, and others. This opens with stanza ii.

14. 'Tis finish'd all—our souls to win. Jesus the Guide and Friend. In several collections.
15. 'Tis He, the Mighty Saviour comes . Missions . Given in Snepp, and one or two others.
16. 'Tis night, but O the joyful morn. Hope. In a few hymnals; also, beginning with stanzas ii., "Lord of our hearts, beloved of Thee," in Dr. Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872.
17. To Calvary, Lord, in Spirit now. Good Friday. This is given in several hymnals, including Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, &c.
The next is in the Selection of 1839, and the Hymns & Poems, 1848-70:—
18. 0 Blessed Lord, Thy feeble Sheep. The Good Shepherd. Its use is limited.
The three with which we close are from J. G, Deck's Psalms & Hymns, 1842, Pt. ii., and the Hymns & Poems, 1848-70:—
19. Hark to the trump! behold it breaks . The Resurrection . The design of this hymn is thus described, by the author: "These lines are supposed to be the utterance of the saints at the blessed moment when they are actually ascending to meet the Lord in the air, as described in 1 Cor. xv. 51-57 and 1 Thess. iv. 16-18. It is given in several collections."
20. Isles of the deep, rejoice, rejoice. Missions.
21. Where, in this waste unlovely [and desert] world! Rest for the Weary. Its use is limited.

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Denny, Sir Edward, Bart., p. 287, ii., died in London, June 13, 1889. Additional pieces from his Selection of Hymns, 1839, are in modern collections including:—
1. O wondrous hour! when, Jesus, Thou. Good Friday .
2. 'Tis past, the dark and dreary night. Easter.
3. While in sweet communion feeding. Holy Communion.

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

Wikipedia Biography

Sir Edward Denny, 4th Baronet (2 October 1796 – 13 June 1889) was an Anglo-Irish baronet and composer of hymns.

Texts by Sir Edward Denny (35)AsAuthority LanguagesInstancessort descending
A pilgrim through this sinful worldSir Edward Denny (Author)1
Dear suff'ring Lamb! thy bleeding woundsEd. Denney (Author)1
A pilgrim through this weary worldEdward Denny (Author)2
Break forth, O earth in praisesSir Edward Denny (Author)English2
Bride of the Lamb, rejoice, Thy midnight watch is pastEdward Denny (Author)English2
Lo tis the heavenly armySir Edward Denny (Author)2
O what a lonely path were oursSir Edward Denny (Author)2
'Tis night but O the joyful mornSir Edward Denny (Author)2
Bright with all his crowns of gloryEdward Denny (Author)3
Come, blessed Lord, let every shoreE. Denny (Author)3
O Zion, when thy Savior cameEdward Denny (Author)3
Thou vain, deceitful world, farewellSir Edward Denny (Author)3
Children of light awakeEdward Denny (Author)4
Lord of our hearts, beloved of theeEdward Denney (Author)4
O grace divine, the Savior shedEdward Denny (Author)4
'Tis come, the glad Millenial mornSir Edward Denny (Author)English4
Children of God in all your needEdward Denny (Author)5
Hark to the trump, behold it breaksEdward Denny (Author)English5
Isles of the deep, rejoice, rejoiceEdward Denny (Author)5
O what a bright and blessed worldEdward Denny (Author)5
'Tis finished all, our souls to winEdward Denny (Author)English5
'Tis He the mighty Savior comesEdward Denny (Author)English5
'Tis past, the dark and dreary nightEdward Denny (Author)6
Sweet was the hour, O Lord, to TheeSir Edward Denny (Author)English8
Children of light arise and shineEdward Denny (Author)English10
Dear Lord, amid the throng that pressedEdward Denny (Author)English17
Jesus wept, those tears are overE. Denny (Author)English17
A pilgrim through this lonely worldEdward Denny (Author)English32
To Calvary, Lord, in spirit nowEdward Denny (Author)English33
Bride of the Lamb, awake, awakeEdward Denny (Author)English34
Hope of our hearts, O Lord, appearEdward Denny (Author)English37
While in sweet communion feedingEdward Denny (Author)English47
Blest feast of love divineEdward Denny (Author)English84
Light of the lonely pilgrim's heartE. Denny (Author)English122
What grace, O Lord, and beauty shoneEdward Denny (Author)English182

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