Samuel Medley

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Born: 23 June 1738, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England

Died: 17 July 1799, 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, he heard a sermon by Isaac Watts that led 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, Hertfordshire. In 1772, he began his ministry at Byron Street in Liverpool.

List of hymn lyrics

  • Now in a song of grateful praise
  • O Could I Speak the Matchless Worth
  • O for a Bright Celestial Ray
  • O God, Thy Mercy, Vast and Free
  • O Let Us Tell the Matchless Love
  • O What Amazing Words of Grace
  • Saints Die, and We Should Gently Weep
  • See a Poor Sinner, Dearest Lord
  • Sing the Dear Savior's Glorious Fame

Settings of text by Samuel Medley

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