1761, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.

May 22, 1761, St. John’s Church, Deritend and Bordesley (a suburb of Birmingham).

April 14 [McCutchan, Reynolds] or April 16 [Brown], 1796, Walworth, London, England.

Bunhill Fields, London, England.


After being apprenticed to an engraver, Swain moved to London. After coming to Christ, he began expressing his poetic temperament by writing hymns. In 1783, he was baptized by John Rippon, and in 1791 became minister of a Baptist congregation in East Street, Walworth. His works include:

  1. Brethren, While We Sojourn Here
  2. Children of the King of Grace
  3. Christ the Lord Will Come Again
  4. Come, Ye Souls by Sin Afflicted
  5. How Sweet, How Heavenly Is the Sight
  6. In Expectation Sweet
  7. Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Gates
  8. Love Is the Sweetest Bud That Blows
  9. O How the Thought That I Shall Know
  10. O Thou in Whose Presence
  11. On Earth the Song Begins
  12. On the Wings of Faith Upspringing
  13. Pilgrims We Are to Canaan Bound
  14. Praise Ye the Lord, the Eternal King
  15. Praise Your Redeemer, Praise His Name
  16. Redeemer of Israel
  17. ’Tis Heaven Begun Below
  18. What Is It for a Saint to Die?
  19. What Must It Be to Dwell Above?
  20. When Firm I Stand on Zion’s Hill
  21. Who Can Forbear to Sing?
  22. Ye Daughters of Zion, Declare, Have You Seen?