© National Portrait Gallery

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 the Sil­ver Street Cha­pel, Lon­don. In 1743, he suc­ceed­ed Ro­bert Wright as min­is­ter of the In­de­pen­dent Church at Hab­er­dash­ers’ Hall, where he stayed 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 Doc­tor of Di­vin­i­ty de­gree.

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. How Hast Thou, Lord From Year to Year (at­trib­ut­ed)
  10. Lord God, Om­ni­po­tent to Bless
  11. Now Let Our Souls on Wings Sub­lime
  12. Now May the God of Peace and Love
  13. O What Stu­pen­dous Mer­cy Shines
  14. On Zion, His Most Ho­ly Mount
  15. Our Fa­ther, High En­throned Above
  16. Thy Good­ness, Lord, Our Souls Con­fess
  17. To Thee, My God, Whose Pres­ence Fills
  18. When Je­sus Dwelt in Mor­tal Clay

Gibbons’ bu­ri­al place