1717–1795

Introduction

Born: Jan­u­a­ry 23, 1717, Hen­ley-in-Ar­den, War­wick­shire, Eng­land.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 23, 1795, Bour­ton-on-the-Water, Glou­ces­tershire, Eng­land.

Buried: St. Law­rence churc­hyard, Bour­ton-on-the-Wa­ter, Glou­ces­ter­shire, Eng­land.

Biography

Benjamin was the son of Bap­tist min­is­ter John Bed­dome.

He was ap­pren­ticed to a sur­geon in Bris­tol, but moved to Lon­don in 1739 and joined the Bap­tist church in Pres­cott Street.

At the call of his church, he de­vot­ed him­self to the work of Chris­tian min­is­try, and in 1740 be­gan to preach at Bour­ton-on-the-Wa­ter, Glou­ces­ter­shire.

For ma­ny years he was one of the most re­spect­ed Bap­tist min­is­ters in west­ern Eng­land. He was al­so a man of some li­ter­a­ry cul­ture. In 1770, Bed­dome re­ceived a MA de­gree from Pro­vi­dence Col­lege, Rhode Is­land.

Works

It was Bed­dome’s pra­ctice to write a hymn week­ly for use af­ter his Sun­day morn­ing ser­mon. Though not orig­in­al­ly in­tende­d for pub­li­ca­tion, he al­lowed 13 of these to ap­pear in the 1769 Bris­tol Bap­tist Col­lect­ion of Ash & Ev­ans, and 36 in Rip­pon’s Select­ions (1787).

Robert Hall wrote of Bed­dome’s hymns:

The man of taste will be gra­ti­fied with the beau­ty and orig­in­al turns of thought which ma­ny of them ex­hi­bit, while the ex­per­i­ment­al Chris­tian will oft­en per­ceive the most sec­ret move­ments of his soul strik­ing­ly de­lin­e­at­ed, and sen­ti­ments por­trayed which will find their echo in ev­ery heart.

His other works in­clude:

Sources

Lyrics