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