1793–1872

Introduction

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Born: 1793, Bar­ba­dos.

Died: Feb­ru­a­ry 7, 1872, Lon­don, Eng­land.

Biography

Son of Abel Hinds, Sam­u­el was ed­u­cat­ed at Queen’s Col­lege, Ox­ford (BA 1815, DD 1831).

He was for some time Vice-Prin­ci­pal of St. Al­ban’s Hall, Mer­ton Col­lege, Ox­ford (1827), and al­so Prin­ci­pal of Cod­ring­ton Col­lege, Bar­ba­dos.

Returning to Eng­land, he served as vi­car of Yard­ley, Hert­ford­shire (1834–43).

He then went to Ire­land, and served as pre­ben­da­ry of St Pat­rick’s Ca­thed­ral, Dub­lin; in­cum­bent of the unit­ed par­ish­es of Cas­tle­knock, Clon­sil­la, and Mul­hud­dart; chap­lain to Arch­bi­shop Whate­ly (1845), the Earl of Bess­bo­rough, and the Earl of Clar­en­don when Lord Lieu­ten­ant of Ire­land; Dean of Car­lisle (1848), and Bi­shop of Nor­wich (1849).

Re­sign­ing his bi­shop­ric in 1857, he re­tired to Lon­don.

Publications

Poem

The Scoffer Rebuked

The man replied, Well, this is astonishing!
You do not know where He comes from,
and yet He opened my eyes!
John 9:30

Peace, babbler! is this wisdom thou dost teach?
Instructing simple folk, that Jesus wrought
No miracle, from God no message brought,
But that His servants childish fables preach!
Why herein is a marvel—This same tale
Hath swayed mankind near twice ten hundred years,
Triumphing over mortal hopes and fears.
Whence is it? Whereby doth it still prevail?
Before I communed with the Gospel-book,
I groped my way in darkness, like one born
Blind; now, into my inmost self I look;
Who hath dispelled my night and made it morn?
Thou know’st not whence it is? Then let me say,
It is the Light of Heaven that causes day.

Samuel Hinds
Sonnets and Oth­er Short Po­ems, 1834

Sources

Lyrics

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