John Gambold, 1711-1771.

Julian's account of J.Gambold:

John Gambold, M.A. was born April 10th. 1711 at Puncheston, Pembrokeshire, where his father was vicar. Educated at Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. in 1730, M.A. in 1734. Being ordained, he became, about 1739, vicar of Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, but resigned his living in October 1742, and joined the United Brethren (Moravians), by whom he was chosen one of their bishops in 1754. He died at Haverfordwest, Sept. 13th. 1771. He published an edition of the Greek Testament; Maxims and Theological Ideas; Sermons, and a dramatic poem called Ignatius. About 26 translations and 18 original hymns in the Moravian Hymn Books are assigned to him. One or two of his hymns, which were published by the Wesleys have been claimed by them, but the evidence is in favour of Gambold. A collected edition of his works was published at Bath in 1789, and afterwards was reprinted.

Gambold's hymn in 'Spiritual Songs' is no. 250. "From various cares our hearts retire". His hymn is included in all the editions of the Little Flock Hymn Book from 1856 to 1978.

Hymns by John Gambold