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OUR HYMNS:

ferment in the Church. During his later years he received a few young men into his house to be trained for the ministry. Dr. Stennett died on the 11th of July, 1713, in his forty-ninth year. At the last he was calm and confident, giving his children his counsel and his blessing. Amongst his last words were, "I rejoice in the God of my salvation, who is my strength and God."

Dr. Joseph Stennett was the author of a reply to Mr. David Russen's work, "Fundamentals without a Foundation; or, a True Picture of the Anabaptists," and of some sermons, and of some useful translations of works from the French. He was also the author of a poetical piece of some pretension—a commendatory poem on the Rev. Samuel Wesley s "Ingenious Poem, entitled the Life of Christ, &c., published anno 1693." His " Hymns for the Lord Supper" appeared in 1697. In the first edition they were thirty-seven in number, in the third, 1709, they had been increased to fifty. His "Version of Solomon s Song with the 47th Psalm" was published in 1700, and the second edition in 1709. His twelve hymns on "Believers Baptism" were sent forth in 1712. The whole of his hymns, poems, sermons, and letters, with an account of his life, were published in four volumes, in 1732, several years after his death.

"Another six days work is done."—No. 753.

This is the only hymn by Dr. Joseph Stennett in the "New Congregational Hymn Book." It is found in his collected works. Four of the verses are taken from a Sabbath hymn of fourteen verses. Verse two is not in the original; it has been added by some other author.


SAMUEL WESLEY.

Born about 1688. DIED 1735.

THIS Wesley, who was rector of Epworth, Lincolnshire, was the father of the celebrated John and Charles, and son of John Wesley, a nonconformist minister, who had been ejected from the