Jan­u­a­ry 7, 1803, Lon­don, Eng­land.

March 22, 1870, Fairseat, Sevenoaks, Kent, Eng­land.

St. Mary the Virgin churchyard, Stansted, Kent, Eng­land.

Son of William Hickson, a boot and shoe manufacturer of Smithfield, London, Hickson studied in the Netherlands and Germany. He retired from the family business in 1840 to concentrate on philanthropic pursuits, particularly the cause of elementary education. He edited the Westminster Review (1840–52), contributed verses to the British national anthem, and is credited with writing the proverb:

’Tis a lesson you should heed:
Try, try, try again.
If at first you don’t succeed,
Try, try, try again.

Hickson’s works in­clude:

  1. God Bless Our Native Land
  2. Join Now in Praise, and Sing
  3. Now to Heaven Our Prayer Ascending

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