February 11, 1814, Cambridge, New York.

December 22, 1898, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Ivy Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Sidney was the son of John Stevens and Eunice Hurd Dyer; grandson of William Dyer; and a descendant of William Dyre, an early settler of Massachusetts. He studied in classical schools in New York City; served in the Black Hawk War (1832–33); and returned to New York to study theology. He became a missionary among the Indians, and subsequently Secretary of the Indian Mission Board in Louisville, Kentucky.

In 1852, Dyer became pastor of the First Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1859, he became District Secretary of the American Baptist Publication Society, a position he held 27 years. After retiring, he settled in DeLand, Florida, and later moved to Germantown, Pennsylvania.

Dyer made numerous contributions to periodicals, and wrote many songs. His works include:

  1. Enter, Jesus Bids Thee Welcome
  2. Go, Preach the Blest Salvation
  3. Go Proclaim the Wondrous Story
  4. Great Maker of Unnumbered Worlds
  5. How Sad to Return to the Home
  6. No More with Horrors Veil the Tomb
  7. Resting By and By
  8. Time Is Earnest
  9. We Come to His Courts
  10. When at the Margin of the Stream
  11. When Faint and Weary Toiling

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