Samuel Whitelock Gandy. Died 1851.

Julian has very little information about this hymn writer.

He was the vicar of Kingston-on-Thames with Richmond from Jan. 1817 to his death, Dec. 24th. 1851. He was the author of "What tho' the accuser roar" (Victory Through Jesus) and "His be the Victor's Name", (Victory Through Jesus) in the Plymouth Brethren Hymns for the Poor of the Flock, 1838, Nos. 43 & 44. Some of his sermons were published posthumously in 1859. Sedgwick says he published a Selection of Psalms and Hymns.

The writer of "Spiritual Songsters" has not a copy of 1838 Hymns for the Poor of the Flock, but here are the variations:

1st.Stanza. All the same. 1856, 1881, 1894, 1903, 1928, 1978.

2nd. Stanza. —1st. line "By weakness and defeat" 1856, 1881, 1903, 1978;

"Through all that seemed defeat" 1894, 1928.

3rd Stanza.

Omitted by J.N. Darby 1881

—1st. line. "He hell in hell laid low" 1856,

"He Satan's power laid low", 1894, 1903, 1928, 1978.

—2nd. line "Made sin, He sin o'erthrew" 1856, 1894, 1928, 1978,

"Made sin, sin's reign o'erthrew" 1903.

Gandy's other hymn "What tho' the accuser roar" was in all the editions from 1856 to 1928, but was omitted from 1978.

W.Kelly's remarks on this hymn in Bible Treasury, vol. 20. p. 206:

"As hymn 92 (1856) stumbles not a few in the beginning of stanza 2, it has been sought to express the truth guardedly as well as stanza 3". This hymn is No. 24 in 'Spiritual Songs'.

Hymns by Samuel Whitelock Gandy