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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Critical and Biographical Essay by Alfred H. Miles

James Martineau (1805–1900)

JAMES MARTINEAU was born at Norwich on the 21st of April, 1805; and after passing through the Norwich Grammar School, spent two years under Dr. Lant Carpenter at Bristol, after which he entered Manchester College, York, as a divinity student. From 1828 to 1832 he was minister of Eustace Street Chapel, Dublin; from 1832 to 1857 of Paradise Street (afterwards Hope Street) Church, Liverpool. In 1840 he became Professor of Mental and Moral Philosophy and Political Economy at Manchester New College, removing with the college to London, and becoming President in 1869. In London he ministered to the congregation of Little Portland Street Chapel until 1873. He was made D.C.L. of Oxford 1888. He edited “A Collection of Hymns for Christian Worship” (1831); “Hymns for the Christian Church and Home” (1840); and “Hymns of Praise and Prayer” (1873). He died on the 11th of January, 1900. He wrote several hymns, which appeared anonymously at first, but which were afterwards acknowledged. The following are the most noteworthy.