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John Cennick

1718 - 1755

John Cennick (12 December 1718 – 4 July 1755) was an early Methodist and Moravian evangelist and hymnwriter. He was born in Reading, Berkshire, England to an Anglican family and raised in the Church of England.[1]

At age nine, he heard his dying aunt proclaim “Last night the Lord stood by me and invited me to drink of the fountain of life freely and I shall stand before the Lord as bold as a lion.” The words stayed with him for many years as the focus of his own fear of death and concern for his salvation.