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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