Hickson, William Edward, son of William Hickson, boot manufacturer, of Smithfield, London, was b. Jan. 7, 1803; retired from business 1840; d. March 22,1870, at Fairseat, Sevenoaks, Kent. Three pieces from his Singing Master, 1836, have come into somewhat extensive use.
1. God bless our native land (p. 1566, ii.)
2. Join now in praise, and sing. [Praise to God.] 1836, as above (ed. 1840, pt. v., No. 62). It was rewritten by the Rev. C. H. Bateman as "Come, children, join to sing " (p. 244, ii.).
3. Now to heav'n our cry [prayers] ascending, God spead the right . [National.] 1836, as above (reprint on cards, No. 85). This is repeated in W. B. Bradbury's Young Melodist, 1845, p. 122, and many later American books.
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Felice de Giardini (b. Turin, Italy, 1716; d. Moscow, Russia, 1796) composed ITALIAN HYMN in three parts for this text at the request of Selina Shirley, the famous evangelically minded Countess of Huntingdon. Giardini was living in London at the time and contributed this tune and three others to Mar…