Born: November 5, 1785, Ware, Hertfordshire, England.
Died: April 3, 1852, Camberwell, Surrey, England.
Joseph was the son of William Irons of Ware.
He was a friend of John Newton when Newton was rector of St. Mary Woolnoth in London. On Newton’s death, Irons joined the Nonconformists, and was for some time pastor of a Nonconformist chapel at Sawston, and then of the Grove Chapel, Camberwell, London.
Irons was esteemed as a preacher among the Nonconformists. His sermons were intensely Calvinistic.
His hymns were also powerful, and at times poetical, but due to their strong Calvinistic teaching failed to become popular.
His hymns were published for use by his own congregation, and until several were adopted by Spurgeon in his Our Own Hymn Book (1866), and Snepp in his Songs of Grace and Glory (1872), were seldom found in any other collection for congregational use.
His works include:
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