Samuel Medley was born in Chestnut, England. As a youth he served in the Royal Navy and was severely wounded off Port Lagos in 1759. Medley was converted after reading a sermon by Isaac Watts. He joined the Eagle Street Baptist Church (now Kingsgate Church), London. He became a pastor first in Watford and then in Liverpool. His ministry in Liverpool was immensely successful, and the congregation became so large that a new edifice was erected in 1790. He wrote a large number of hymns. Among the best-known were, "O Could I speak the Matchless Worth," "Awake, My Soul, to Joyful Lays," and one of the several hymns titled "I Know that My Redeemer Lives."
Samuel Medley (1738 to 1799)
Wounded in Battle, He Was Saved While Recovering.