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Hymn Writers Of The Church by Charles S. Nutter


Bromehead, Joseph, was born in 1748, and after his graduation at Queen's College, Oxford (B.A.1768, M.A.1771), he became curate of Eckington, Derbyshire, remaining there until his death, January 30, 1826. His Melancholy Student reached a second edition in 1776. He translated some of the Psalms into English verse, and was editor of the Eckington Collection, in which volume the hymn beginning |Jerusalem, my happy home,| first appeared in its present familiar form. From this collection of hymns it passed into the Williams and Boden Collection of 1801, and thence into many modern hymnals -- from which circumstance several hymnologists have inferred that Bromehead gave that hymn its present form when he inserted it in the Eckington Collection. See full discussion of authorship under the hymn.

Jerusalem, my happy home 608

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