FRANCIS, BENJAMIN (1734 - 1799), hymnist, Baptist minister

Name: Benjamin Francis
Date of birth: 1734
Date of death: 1799
Parent: Mary Francis (née Evans)
Parent: Enoch Francis
Gender: Male
Occupation: hymnist, Baptist minister
Area of activity: Poetry; Religion
Author: Robert Thomas Jenkins

Born at Pen-y-gelli near Newcastle Emlyn, was the youngest child of Enoch Francis. As his parents died when he was only six he was brought up at Swansea, and was baptized there in 1749. In 1753 he went to Bristol Baptist Academy, and at the close of 1755 was invited to assist in the ministry at Broadmead. He removed in 1756 to Chipping Sodbury, and thence in 1759 to Horsley, where he died 14 December 1799. Though he lived for so many years in England, Benjamin Francis clung to the Welsh language. He frequently attended the Welsh Association, and preached fourteen times at its meetings. He published two collections of hymns in Welsh (1774, 1786), each bearing the title Aleluia. As a hymnist, he is in general held to have been over-fond of alliteration and internal rhyme, but several of his hymns are still sung. Other Welsh verse of his is specified by Charles Ashton (406), and he also published English poems.


Published date: 1959

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