Dykes, John Bacchus

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Dykes, John Bacchus (b Hull, 1823; d Ticehurst, Sussex, 1876). Eng. church composer. Org., St John's, Hull, while schoolboy. Precentor of Durham Cath. 1849–62, and vicar of St Oswald's, Durham, from 1862. Submitted 7 hymn-tunes to mus. ed. of Hymns Ancient and Modern, all being accepted. Eventually contrib. 60 tunes to first edn. (1861), the most popular being Nearer My God to Thee, Eternal Father, Strong to Save, Our blest Redeemer, Holy, holy, holy, The King of Love my Shepherd is, Jesu, Lover of my Soul, and Lead, Kindly Light.

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