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. Young 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. Christians, Carol Sweetly
  5. Come unto Me, Ye Weary
  6. Cross Is on Thy Brow, The
  7. God Cometh, Let the Heart Prepare
  8. How Long, O Lord, How Long, We Ask
  9. In Our Work and in Our Play
  10. In the Hollow of Thine Hand
  11. Joy Fills Our Inmost Hearts Today!
  12. Lift Up Your Songs, Ye Angel Choirs
  13. Lift Up Your Songs, Ye Thankful
  14. Like Silver Lamps in a Distant Shrine
  15. Now in Numbers Softly Flowing
  16. Now, My Soul, Rehearse the Story
  17. Now, O Father, We Adore Thee
  18. O Christ, Thou Son of Mary
  19. O Cross Which Only Canst Allay
  20. O Thou, the Eternal Son of God
  21. On the Waters Dark and Drear
  22. Only One Prayer Today
  23. Sitting at Receipt of Custom
  24. Stars Above Our Head, The
  25. To Thee, O Lord, Our Hearts We Raise
  26. Way of Sorrows, The
  27. What Child Is This?
  28. When the Shades of Night Are Falling
  29. Within the Temple’s Hallowed Courts
  1. Bend to Our Hymns, Redeemer
  2. Wonder Working Master, The

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