July 30, 1750.

June 23, 1826.

John was the son of Richard Taylor of Norwich, England, and grandson of Dr. John Taylor (1694-1761), the eminent Hebrew scholar, who was for many years minister of the Octagon Chapel, Norwich, and afterwards Divinity tutor at the Warrington Academy.

Young Taylor, after serving his apprenticeship in his home town, was for two years in a banking house in London, at which time he was an occasional poetical contributor to the Morning Chronicle. In 1773 he returned to Norwich, where he spent the rest of his life, first as a manufacturer, and afterwards as a wool and yarn factor. For nearly 50 years he was a deacon at the Octagon Chapel. At the time of the French Revolution he joined in the support of The Cabinet, a periodical brought out by the Liberals of Norwich, in conjunction with Dr. Enfield, William Taylor, Amelia Opie, and others, and, as a poet of the olden time, he contributed five poems thereto. These, and other political songs and poems relating to family events, together with 50 hymns, were collected in Hymns and Miscellaneous Poems, Reprinted for Private Distribution, 1863, with a Memoir taken from the Monthly Repository of September 1826, by his son, Edward Taylor, then Gresham Professor of Music. An earlier and less complete edition, containing 43 hymns, he had himself caused to be printed by his sons, Richard and Arthur Taylor, London, 1818.

  1. As the Good Shepherd Leads His Sheep
  2. At the Portals of Thy House
  3. Come, Ye Young, and Do Not Spurn
  4. Exulting, Rejoicing, Hail the Happy Morning
  5. Far from Mortal Cares Retreating
  6. Father Divine, Before Thy View
  7. Father of Our Feeble Race
  8. Father of the Human Race
  9. Glory Be to God on High
  10. God of Mercy, God of Love
  11. How Long, Sometimes, a Day Appears
  12. I am Sailing on Life’s Ocean Wide
  13. I Have Started on a Journey
  14. I Once Was Very Lonely
  15. Like Shadows Gliding o’er the Plain
  16. Lord, Before thy Presence Come
  17. Lord, What Offering Shall We Bring?
  18. Mighty God Who Rolls the Spheres, The
  19. O Sing to the Lord a New Song
  20. O the Star of the East
  21. O Ye, Who Seek Jehovah’s Face
  22. Praise to God, the Great Creator
  23. Prepare, the Appointed Herald Cried
  24. Raise Your Voice, and Joyful Sing
  25. Revive us, Revive Us
  26. Saints with Pious Zeal Attending
  27. Still in Shades of Midnight Darkness
  28. There is a Joy Way Down Within
  29. There Is a Land So Pure and Sweet
  30. There Is a State Unknown, Unseen
  31. There’s a Land Afar with Love Light
  32. There’s a Land of Beauty
  33. Things Unseen, O God, Reveal, The
  34. When Israel’s Tribes on Gibeon Poured