June 14, 1837, Bristol, England.

September 9, 1898, Cheddar, Axbridge, Somerset, England.

St. Andrew’s Church, Cheddar, Somerset, England.


Dix’ father, a surgeon, wrote a biography of poet Tho­mas Chat­ter­ton, and gave his son his middle name in his honor.

Will­iam attended the Bris­tol Grammar School. Later, he managed a marine insurance company in Glas­gow, Scot­land, but his heart was in the poetry of worship. He wrote more than 40 hymns over the course of his life. His works include:

  1. Alleluia! Sing to Je­sus!
  2. As with Gladness, Men of Old
  3. Beauteous Are the Flow­ers of Earth
  4. Bridegroom Com­ing at Mid­night, The
  5. Christians, Car­ol Sweet­ly
  6. Come unto Me, Ye Weary
  7. Cross Is on Thy Brow, The
  8. Easter Stanzas
  9. How Long, O Lord, How Long, We Ask
  10. In Our Work and in Our Play
  11. In the Hol­low of Thine Hand
  12. Jesu, Si­on’s King, We Greet Thee
  13. Joy Fills Our In­most Hearts To­day!
  14. Judgment at the Door
  15. Lift Up Your Songs, Ye Ang­el Choirs
  16. Lift Up Your Songs, Ye Thank­ful
  17. Like Silver Lamps in a Dis­tant Shrine
  18. Now in Numbers Softly Flow­ing
  19. Now, My Soul, Re­hearse the Story
  20. Now, O Father, We Adore Thee
  21. O Christ, Thou Son of Ma­ry
  22. O Cross Which Only Canst Al­lay
  23. O Thou, the Eternal Son of God
  24. On the Waters Dark and Drear
  25. Only One Prayer Today
  26. Prophecy and the Ful­fill­ment, The
  27. Sitting at Receipt of Cus­tom
  28. Song of the First Christ­mas Night, A
  29. Stars Above Our Head, The
  30. To Thee, O Lord, Our Hearts We Raise
  31. Way of Sorrows, The
  32. What Child Is This?
  33. When the Shades of Night Are Falling
  34. Within the Temple’s Hal­lowed Courts
  1. As Those Who Seek the Break of Day
  2. Bend to Our Hymns, Redeemer
  3. Wonder Working Master, The

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We understand there is a good portrait of Dix in The Illustrated London News, September 24, 1898, but have been unable to find that issue online. Please note: We have no budget to make purchases; we’re seeking an image we can legally download.