Doddrige was born in London, he refused offers that would have made him an Anglican minister, preferring rather to join a non- conformist academy in Kibworth, Leicestershire (UK). He worked tirelessly in the Midlands area, mainly at Market Harborough and Northampton. But his health gave way and he sailed to Portugal, where he died. His book ‘The Rise and Progesss of Religion in the Soul’, dedicated to Isaac Watts, was instrumental in the conversion of William Wilberforce.Another popular hymn that has been altered over time.Toplady added two verses and later a refrain was included. The version below is the closet to Doddridge’s original that could be found. Any corrections would be welcomed.
Grace, ’tis a charming sound,
Harmonious to mine ear;
Heaven with the echo shall resound,
And all the earth shall hear.
Grace first contrived the way
To save rebellious man;
And all the steps that grace display
Which drew the wondrous plan.
Grace led my roving feet
To tread the heavenly road;
And new supplies each hour I meet,
While pressing on to God.
Grace all the work shall crown,
Through everlasting days;
It lays in heaven the topmost stone,
And well deserves the praise.
O let Thy grace inspire
My soul with strength divine
May all my powers to Thee aspire,
And all my days be Thine.