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May 31, 1720, Reak, Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire, England.

February 22, 1785, in a coffee house at Hoxton Square, London, England.


Gibbons was educated by a Dr. Taylor at Deptford. Ordained in 1742, he served as assistant to Reverend Thomas Bures at Silver Street Chapel, London. In 1743, he succeeded Robert Wright as minister of the Independent Church at Haberdashers’ Hall, where he remained until his death. In addition to his ministerial office, he became, in 1754, tutor of the Dissenting Academy at Mile End in London; and in 1759, Sunday evening lecturer at Monkwell Street. In 1760, the College of New Jersey gave him an MA degree; in 1764, the College of Aberdeen awarded him a DD. His works include:

  1. And Be It So That Till This Hour
  2. Assist Us, Lord, Thy Name to Praise
  3. Eternal Life, How Sweet the Sound
  4. Father, Is Not Thy Promise Pledged?
  5. Forgiveness, ’Tis a Joyful Sound
  6. From Winter’s Barren Clods
  7. Great God, the Nations of the Earth
  8. Happy the Man in Ancient Days
  9. Lord God, Omnipotent to Bless
  10. Now Let Our Souls on Wings Sublime
  11. Now May the God of Peace and Love
  12. O What Stupendous Mercy Shines
  13. On Zion, His Most Holy Mount
  14. Our Father, High Enthroned Above
  15. Thy Goodness, Lord, Our Souls Confess
  16. To Thee, My God, Whose Presence Fills
  17. When Jesus Dwelt in Mortal Clay

Gibbons’ burial place