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Job Hupton

Short Name: Job Hupton
Full Name: Hupton, Job, 1762-1849
Birth Year: 1762
Death Year: 1849

Hupton, Job, was born in 1762, at a small village near Burton-on-Trent. He was brought up to work at a forge, but after his conversion through the preaching of the Rev. John Bradford, one of Lady Huntingdon's ministers, whom he heard at Walsal, he began to preach; and after a few months at Trevecca College, was himself employed by Lady Huntingdon for some years as one of her itinerating ministers. Having changed his views on the subject of Baptism, he became, in 1794, pastor of the Baptist church at Claxton, in Norfolk, where he laboured with much success for many years. He died Oct. 19, 1849.

Hupton wrote much both in prose and verse, his compositions appearing in the Gospel Magazine under the signatures of “Ebenezer," "Eliakini, and "J. H—n." His prose writings were collected and published in 1843, under the title The Truth as it is in Jesus. In 1861, D. Sedgwick reprinted his Hymns & Spiritual Poems, with a brief memoir.

Of his 22 hymns three only are in common use:—
1. Come ye saints and raise an anthem. Praise.
2. Glorious, high, and lofty One. The Dominion of God. In Gospel Magazine, June, 1806.
3. Jesus, Omnipotent to save. Lent.
The first of these, "Come ye," &c. (q.v.), in its altered form by Dr. Neale, is in extensive use, the rest ore in a few hymn-books only. Hupton had a bold and vigorous imagination and great command of language. If in early life he had enjoyed better educational advantages, he would probably have attained to eminence as a poet. [Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M. A.]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology


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