Most British hymn writers in the nineteenth century were clergymen, but William C. Dix (b. Bristol, England, 1837; d. Cheddar, Somerset, England, 1898) was a notable exception. Trained in the business world, he became the manager of a marine insurance company in Glasgow, Scotland. Dix published various volumes of his hymns, such as Hymns of Love and Joy (1861) and Altar Songs: Verses on the Holy Eucharist (1867). A number of his texts were first published in Hymns Ancient and Modern (1861).
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The Church of God lifts up her voice. W. C. Dix. [Easter.] This hymn is based upon a translation in blank verse by Dr. Littledale of a short hymn near the end of his translations of the office of the Greek Church for Easter Sunday, as published in his Offices from the Service Books of the Holy Eastern Church, &c, 1863, p. 222. Mr. Dix's rendering was made in 1864, and published in 6 stanzas of 5 lines, in the St. Raphael (Bristol) Hymns for Public Worship, No. 203, as one of six additional hymns given at the end of the collections, and headed, "Founded on translation from the Greek, Written by W.C.D. for St. Raphaels. Easter, 1864." It must be observed that by an error of the printer this note reads as though it referred to No. 202 (another hymn by Mr. Dix), instead of to No. 203, the present hymn.
-- Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)