1814–1898

Feb­ru­a­ry 11, 1814, Cam­bridge, New York.

De­cem­ber 22, 1898, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Ivy Hill Ce­me­te­ry, Penn­syl­van­ia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

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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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