Deacon, Samuel, born 1746, at Ratby, in Leicestershire, d. 1816 at Barton, near Market Bosworth, in the same county. He was son of Samuel Deacon, sen., one of the first preachers of the Leicestershire General Baptists; and half brother to John Deacon (q.v.) of Leicester. In 1771, S. Deacon settled at Barton, a small agricultural village, where, however, he presently established a considerable business as clock and watchmaker, and became well known for his mechanical skill. In 1779 he was invited to assist his father in ministering to the cluster of village congregations of General Baptists, of which Barton was the centre. He was popular and useful as a preacher, and continued minister of this church 37 years, receiving no pecuniary remunera… Go to person page >
And will ye go away? S. Deacon. [Falling away from Christ]. This is No. 273 of his Barton Hymns, 1797, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and is headed "A Serious Question." It was probably in the first edition of those hymns, 1785, but this we have not been able to ascertain. In 1804 it was repeated, without alteration, in John Deacon's New and Large Collection of Psalms and Hymns, No. 461. As known in a few modern collections, specially amongst the Baptists, it is rewritten and enlarged to 9 stanzas. This form was given to in Rippon's Selection 27th ed., 1827, No. 439, pt. ii., and retains only a few lines of S. Deacon's text. Its signature is "Anon., Rippon's Sel., 27th ed. 1827, based on S. Deacon, 1797."
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)