Born: Ap­ril 29, 1751, Ti­ver­ton, De­von­shire, Eng­land.

Died: De­cem­ber 17, 1836, Sur­rey, Eng­land.

Buried: Bun­hill Fields Cem­e­te­ry, Lon­don, Eng­land. Jo­seph Hart, Isaac Watts & John Bun­yan lie nearby.

Rippon at­tend­ed the Bap­tist Coll­ege in Bris­tol, Eng­land. In 1775, he be­came pas­tor of the Carter’s Lane Bap­tist Church in Lon­don, where he served over six dec­ades. He al­so ed­it­ed the Bap­tist An­nu­al Reg­ist­er for 12 years. In 1787, he pub­lished his fam­ous A Se­lect­ion of Hymns from the Best Au­thors, In­tend­ed to Be an Ap­pen­dix to Dr. Watts’ Psalms and Hymns, which was re­print­ed 27 times, in over 200,000 cop­ies. He was con­sid­ered the fore­most au­thor­i­ty on the hymns of Isaac Watts.


Hymns from Rippon’s Se­lect­ion:

  1. How Firm a Found­a­tion
  2. Majestic Sweet­ness Sits Enthroned
  3. O Lord, I Will De­light in Thee
  4. Praise the Sav­ior, All Ye Na­tions
  5. ’Tis Re­li­gion That Can Give
  6. Ye Lit­tle Flock Whom Je­sus Feeds