John Cennick (1718-1755) was born and brought up in Reading. After a troubled youth he underwent a profound conversion experience and became one of Methodism's first lay preachers. He rapidly became one of the leaders of the Evangelical Revival, travelling widely to preach and found congregations. He later broke with Wesley and joined the Moravian Brethren. He died in his mid-30s, a nationally famous figure, although his name has now gradually faded from public memory. This book is intended to rekindle interest in this fascinating figure.
In the midst of an exhausting life travelling and preaching Cennick found time to write a large number of poems and hymns. This edition contains an outline of his life, drawing extensively on his vivid autobiography, and a selection of his poetry. Remembered today as the author of the great Advent hymn 'Lo, He comes, with clouds descending', Cennick produced many other striking pieces.
Edited and Introduced by Graeme Watson. Illustrations: Ruth Farrelly. ISBN: 9780954140502 114 pages. Price £5.00