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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

William Chatterton Dix (1837–1898)

WILLIAM CHATTERTON DIX was a son of Mr. John Dix, author of a “Life of Chatterton,” “Local Legends,” etc., and was born at Bristol on the 14th of June, 1837, and educated at the Bristol Grammar School. He published “Hymns of Love and Joy” (1861), “Altar Songs, Verses on the Holy Eucharist” (1867), “A Vision of All Saints and other Poems” (1871), and “Seekers of a City” (1878), and contributed hymns to “Hymns Ancient and Modern” and other collections of hymns for Church use and anthologies of sacred song. He has also cast in metrical form some of Dr. Littledale’s translations of the Greek in his “Offices … of the Holy Eastern Church” (1863) and the Rev. J. M. Rodwell’s translations of hymns of the Abyssinian Church, besides which he has written carols for Christmas and Easter which have become widely popular. His other works are “Light” (1883), “The Risen Life” (1883), both devotional works, and “The Pattern Life” (1885), a book of instruction for children, which contains a number of original hymns. The following second selection is from “A Vision of All Saints and other Poems.”