The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Thomas Cotterill

Born: December 4, 1779, Cannock, Staffordshire, England.

After attending the local boarding school of Rev. J. Lomax, Cotterill went the Free School in Birmingham. He graduated at St. Johnís College, Cambridge (B.A. 1801, M.A. 1805), of which he became a Fellow. Taking Holy Orders, he became Curate of Tutbury in June 1803. Subsequently, he held positions as Incumbent of Lane End, Staffordshire, 1808-17, and Perpetual Curate of St. Paulís Sheffield, 1817-1823.

Cotterill published his Family Prayers in six editions. Though he did write some original hymns, he is better known as the compiler of Selection of Psalms and Hymns, adapted to the Festivals of the Church of England, which had a marked effect on modern hymnals. The first edition of Selection was in 1810, and the ninth in 1820. Cotterill himself contributed 25 original hymns and versions of individual psalms to Selection.

Died: December 29, 1823, Sheffield, England (John Julian says the Gentlemenís Magazine incorrectly published Cotterillís death date as January 5, 1824).


Awake, O Sword, the Father Cried

Before Thy Throne of Grace, O Lord

Blessed Are They Who Mourn for Sin

Father of Mercies, Let Our Songs

From Sinaiís Mount, in Might Arrayed

From Thine All Seeing Spirit, Lord

God, in the Gospel of His Son

Help Us, O Lord, Thy Yoke to Wear

I Love the Lord, for He Hath Heard

I Was Alive Without the Law

In All the Ways and Works of God

Jesus Exalted Far on High

Let Songs of Praises Fill the Sky

Lo in the East a Star Appears

Lord, Cause Thy Face on Us to Shine

Lord, Who Once on Calvary, The

Lord of the Sabbath, íTis Thy Day

Oíer the Realms of Pagan Darkness

Out of the Deeps, O Lord, We Call

When Christ, Victorious from the Grave


Source: The Cyberhymnal



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