June 26, 1702, London, England.
October 26, 1751, Lisbon, Portugal. Doddridge had gone there to recuperate from exhaustion. He died of tuberculosis.
English Protestant Cemetery (attached to the British Factory), Lisbon, Portugal.
Philip was the son of Daniel and Elizabeth Doddridge. His mother was the daughter of John Bauman, an exiled Bohemian clergyman.
Youngest of 20 children, at birth Philip
showed so little sign of life that he was laid aside as dead. But one of his attendants, thinking she perceived some motion, or breath, took that necessary care of him, on which, in those tender circumstances, the feeble frame of life depended, which was so near expiring as soon as it was kindled. (Long, p. 128).
Doddridge attended Kingston Grammar School at St. Albans, and a nonconformist academy in Kibworth, Leicestershire. He went on to become one of the
dissenting clergy. He was pastor of an independent congregation and tutor of a seminary for dissenting ministers at Northampton from 1739 until his death. He wrote hundreds of hymns to accompany his sermons, but none were published during his lifetime; his friend and biographer Job Orton issued them posthumously.
His works include:
Behold, I Come,the Savior Cries
Father Divine,the Savior Cried
Go,Saith the Lord,
Proclaim My Grace
I Am Thy God,Jehovah Said
Repent,the Voice Celestial Cries
What Haughty Scorner, Saith the Lord