Dickson, David, the reputed author of "Jerusalem, my happy home," in the form of "O mother dear, Jerusalem," was a Scottish Presbyterian Minister born at Glasgow in 1583, and for some time Professor of Divinity at Glasgow (1610), and then (1650) in the University of Edinburgh. He was deprived of his office at the Restoration for refusing the Oath of Supremacy, and died in 1663. His Life was published by Robert Wodrow in 1726. His connection with the Jerusalem hymn is given under Jerusalem, my happy home, q.v.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
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