Born: April 25, 1839, Whitmore, Staffordshire, England.
Died: November 19, 1900, Charterhouse, England.
Buried: West Norwood Cemetery and Crematorium, Lambeth, London, England.
Stone was educated at Charterhouse and at Pembroke College, Oxford (BA 1862, MA 1872).
After taking Holy Orders, he became curate of Windsor in 1862, and of St. Paul’s, Haggerston, in 1870. In 1874, he succeeded his father, William Stone, at St. Paul’s.
Around 1890, he took the parish of All-Hallows-on-the-Wall, London, and spent the rest of his life there.
Christ, the Wisdom and the Power!
From our labor’s fleeting hour
To that timeless age of bliss
Which shall crown the toil of this,
Grant that all our life may be
Hidden and revealed
That our work may be divine
Seek we not our own but Thine;
Lost to self and found
Find we sweet humility,
Zeal by reverent love refined,
True devotion’s single mind.
in Thee we shall be strong,
Seem the labor light or long;
And, though clouds of self and sin
Darken round us and within,
So not dimly shall we see
Light to lighten all
in Thee, O Wisdom, wise,
May we touch the blinded eyes,
Turn the steps that vainly roam
Back to happiness and home,
And in sacred waters sweet
Wash Thy young disciples’ feet.
in Thee, O Power, we go
Through Thy Church’s war below,
In Thy panoply alway
Steadfast through the evil day;
Troubled ever, not distressed,
Moving to Thy Church at rest.
In Thee now, and
in Thee then
Now, and when Thou com’st again;
Now at war among Thy foes,
Then at peace in Thy repose,
Brother-man and sovereign Lord,
Thine our work and our reward!
Samuel John Stone (1839–1900)