June 23, 1738, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England.

July 17, 1799, Liverpool, Lancashire, England.

Liverpool, Lancashire, England.


After a false start as an apprentice, Medley joined the British Royal Navy, becoming a midshipman in 1755. He was wounded in battle off Port Lagos in 1759; during his recuperation, someone read a sermon by Isaac Watts to him, leading to his conversion. He then left the navy and studied for the ministry under Dr. Gifford in London. In 1767, he became pastor at the Baptist church in Watford, Herefordshire. In 1772, he began his ministry at Byron Street in Liverpool.

In 1793 Rev. Samuel Medley gave the following answers to printed questions sent to him and others from London:

In what town is your church?
In one where sin makes many a fool,
Known by the name of Liverpool.

Is it a church, chapel, or meeting?
Why, my good sir—’tis very true,
’Tis chapel, church, and meeting, too.

By what denomination is your church known?
By one that’s most despised of all,
Which folks in general, Baptists call.

What is your Christian and surname, degree?
My Christian name is called Saint
My surname rather odd and quaint,
But to explain the whole with ease,
Saint Samuel Medley, if you please;
And you from hence may plainly see,
That I have taken a degree.

Have you an assistant?
O yes! I’ve One of whom I boast
His name is call’d the Holy Ghost.

What number of people attend?
A many come, my worthy friend;
I dare not say they all attend;
But though so many, great and small,
I never number them at all,
For that was once poor David’s fall.

Is it encumbered with debt?
Incumber’d with debt,
It is certainly yet,
Though I at the present don’t state it;
But if ever from home,
I a begging should come,
I’ll readily to you relate it.

Long, p. 284

  1. Awake, My Soul, to Joyful Lays
  2. Come, Join Ye Saints, with Heart and Voice
  3. Dearest of Names, Our Lord, Our King!
  4. Death Is No More Among Our Foes
  5. Eternal Sovereign Lord of All
  6. Far, Far Beyond These Lower Skies
  7. Father of Mercies, God of Love
  8. Great God, Today Thy Grace Impart
  9. Hear, Gracious God! A Sinner’s Cry
  10. I Know That My Redeemer Lives
  11. In Heaven the Rapturous Song Began
  12. Mortals Awake, with Angels Join
  13. Not of Terrestrial Mortal Themes
  14. O for a Heart Prepared to Sing
  15. O for a Bright Celestial Ray
  16. O God, Thy Mercy, Vast and Free
  17. O Let Us Tell the Matchless Love
  18. O What Amazing Words of Grace
  19. Saints Die, and We Should Gently Weep
  20. See a Poor Sinner, Dearest Lord
  21. Sing the Dear Savior’s Glorious Fame