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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Critical and Biographical Essay by Alfred H. Miles

Edward Arthur Dayman (1807–1890)

THE FOLLOWING hymn, used on many State occasions, was written by Edward Arthur Dayman, B.D., who was born at Padstow, Cornwall, on the 11th of July, 1807, and educated at Tiverton and Exeter College, Oxford. A Fellow and Tutor of his College, he became Proproctor in 1835, and, taking Holy Orders, successively Examiner for University Scholarships for Latin 1838, and in Lit. Hum. 1838–9. In 1840 he became Senior Proctor of the University; in 1842, Rector of Shilling-Okeford, Dorset; in 1849, Rural Dean; in 1852, Proctor in Convocation; and in 1862, Honorary Canon of Bitton in Sarum Cathedral. He died on the 30th of October, 1890. He was co-editor, with Canon Woodford and Lord Nelson, of the “Sarum Hymnal” (1868), to which he contributed translations from the Latin, as well as original hymns, including “Sleep thy last sleep,” which bears date 1868.