Dix, William Chatterton, son of John Dix, surgeon, of Bristol, author of the Life of Chatterton; Local Legends, &c, born at Bristol, June 14, 1837, and educated at the Grammar School of that city. Mr. Chatterton Dix's contributions to modern hymnody are numerous and of value. His fine Epiphany hymn, "As with gladness men of old,” and his plaintive ”Come unto Me, ye weary," are examples of his compositions, many of which rank high amongst modern hymns. In his Hymns of Love and Joy, 1861, Altar Songs, Verses on the Holy Eucharist, 1867; Vision of All Saints, &c, 1871; and Seekers of a City, 1878, some of his compositions were first published. The greater part, however, were contributed to Hymns Ancient & Modern; St. Raphaels Hymnbook, 186… Go to person page >
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)