April 29, 1751, Tiverton, Devonshire, England.

December 17, 1836, Surrey, England.

Bunhill Fields, London, England.


Rippon attended the Baptist College in Bristol, England. In 1775, he became pastor of the Carter’s Lane Baptist Church in London, where he served over six decades. He also edited the Baptist Annual Register for 12 years. In 1787, he published his famous A Selection of Hymns from the Best Authors, Intended to Be an Appendix to Dr. Watts’ Psalms and Hymns, which was reprinted 27 times, in over 200,000 copies. He was considered the foremost authority on the hymns of Isaac Watts.

At age 20, after the death of John Gill, Rippon assumed Gill’s pastorate, the Baptist meeting-house in Carter Lane, Tooley Street, a post he held for 63 years. The congregation moved in 1833 to the New Park Street Chapel in London. Rippon’s church was later pastored by Charles Spurgeon before Spurgeon moved to the Metropolitan Tabernacle at Elephant and Castle in Southwark.

Rippon’s Selection was used by the congregation until 1866 when Spurgeon produced an update called Our Own Hymn Book, which borrowed much from Rippon and Watts.

At the time of his death, he was working on a book commemorating those buried in London’s Dissenter cemetery, Bunhill Fields, where he himself was buried.

  1. All Hail the Great Emmanuel’s Name
  2. Amid the Splendors of Thy State
  3. And Must I Part with All I Have?
  4. As Showers on Meadows Newly Mown
  5. As When in Silence, Vernal Showers
  6. At Anchor Laid, Remote from Home
  7. Awake Our Drowsy Souls
  8. Come Now, Ye Sinners, Saith the Lord
  9. Come, Thou Soul Transforming Spirit
  10. Dear Lord, Why Should I Doubt Thy Love?
  11. Descend, Holy Spirit
  12. Great God, the Nations of the Earth
  13. How Firm a Foundation
  14. I My Ebenezer Raise
  15. Jesus, at Thy Command
  16. Lo! He Cometh! Countless Trumpets
  17. Lord, Shall We Part with Gold?
  18. My Gracious Redeemer I Love
  19. Not unto Us, but Thee Alone
  20. O the Immense, the Amazing Height
  21. O What Stupendous Mercy Shines
  22. See, Gracious God, Before Thy Throne
  23. Thee We Adore, Eternal Word
  24. There’s Joy in Heaven, and Joy on Earth
  25. To Praise the Ever Bounteous Lord
  26. ’Twas by an Order from the Lord
  27. Unto Thine Altar, Lord
  28. When Abram, Full of Sacred Awe
  29. When Will the Happy Trump Proclaim
  30. Where’er the Blustering North Wind Blows
  31. Why Should Our Mourning Thoughts Delight?
  32. Why Should Our Tears in Sorrow Flow?