Born: No­vem­ber 1, 1807, Bu­ry St. Ed­munds, Suf­folk, Eng­land.

Died: Au­gust 14, 1884, New Zea­land.

Buried: Mo­tu­eka, New Zea­land.

Oldest son of John Deck of Bu­ry St. Ed­munds, James was ed­u­cat­ed for the ar­my, and be­came an of­fi­cer in the In­di­an ser­vice. Re­tir­ing from the ar­my, and hav­ing joined the Ply­mouth Breth­ren, he un­der­took, in 1843, the charge of a con­gre­ga­tion of that bo­dy at Well­ing­ton, Som­er­set. In 1852, he went abroad and set­tled in New Zea­land. His sis­ter was hymn­ist Ma­ry Walk­er. His hymns were pub­lished in:



  1. Abba, Father! We Approach Thee
  2. Again We Meet in Jesus’ Name
  3. Behold Yon Bright and Countless Throng
  4. Day of Glory, Bearing, The
  5. Father, to Seek Thy Face
  6. Great Captain of Salva­tion
  7. How Long, O Lord Our Savior
  8. Jesus Christ, Thy Name Indeed Is Sweet
  9. Jesus, Spotless Lamb of God
  10. Jesus, Thy Name I Love
  11. Jesus, We Rest in Thee
  12. Lamb of God! Our Souls Adore Thee
  13. Lamb of God, Thou Now Art Seated
  14. Lord Jesus, Are We One with Thee?
  15. Lord Jesus, When I Think of Thee
  16. Lord, We Are Thine, Our God Thou Art
  17. O Blessed Jesus, Lamb of God
  18. O Happy Day When First We Felt
  19. O Jesus Christ, the Savior
  20. O Jesus, Gracious Savior
  21. O Lamb of God, Still Keep Me
  22. O Lord, in Nothing Would I Boast
  23. O Lord, ’Tis Joy to Look Above
  24. O Lord, When We the Path Retrace
  25. O Lord, Who Now Art Seated
  26. Oft We, Alas! Forget the Love
  27. Savior, Haste, Our Souls Are Waiting
  28. Savior! Hasten Thine Appearing
  29. Soon Shall Our Mas­ter Come
  30. There Is a Place of Endless Joy
  31. Thou Hast Stood Here, Lord Jesus
  32. ’Twas Thy Love, O God, That Knew Us
  33. Veil Is Rent, The
  34. We Bless Our Savior’s Name
  35. We’re Not of the World That Fadeth Away
  36. When Along Life’s Thorny Road
  37. When First O’erwhelmed with Sin and Shame