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William Edward Hickson

Birth
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 22 Mar 1870 (aged 67)
Stansted, Tonbridge and Malling Borough, Kent, England
Burial Stansted, Tonbridge and Malling Borough, Kent, England
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Memorial ID 34322748 · View Source
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Author, Composer. He contributed verses to the British national anthem. He was educated in the Netherlands and Germany, before beginning his career with the family boot and shoe manufacturing company. In 1840 he retired from business in order to concentrate on his philanthropic works, particularly in elementary education. He was a noted writer on the subject, and later became the editor and owner of "The Westminster Review" which championed legislative and educational reform. He is credited with originating the famous proverb "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again", and was also a composer of hymns. In 1836 he published "The Singing Master", featuring his composition "God Bless Our Native Land", verses from which are included in the British national anthem, "God Save the Queen". His other publications on education and music include "Dutch and German Schools" (1840), "Part Singing" (1842) and "Time and Faith" (1857).

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 34322748
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Edward Hickson (7 Jan 1803–22 Mar 1870), Find A Grave Memorial no. 34322748, citing St Mary the Virgin Churchyard, Stansted, Tonbridge and Malling Borough, Kent, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .