Edward Dayman

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Edward Arthur Dayman, BD, (11 July 1807 – 30 October 1890) was an English clergyman and hymn writer.


Dayman was born at Padstow in Cornwall, the third son of John Dayman, of Mambury in Devon, and educated at Blundell's School in Tiverton and at Exeter College in Oxford. He was awarded 1st Class in Lit. Hum (1829), BA (1830), MA (1831) and BD (1841). He was for some time Fellow and Tutor of his College, and Pro-Proctor in 1835.

Dayman took Holy Orders in 1835 and became successively examiner for University Scholarship for Latin, 1838; in Lit. Hum., 1838–1839, and 1841–1842, Sen. Proctor of the University.

Dayman’s clerical appointments were:


Dayman’s works include “Modern Infidelity”, 1861, and “Essay on Inspiration”, 1864. He was joint editor with Lord Nelson and Canon (afterwards Bishop) Woodford of the Sarum Hymnal, 1868; which contains translations from the Latin, and original hymns by him; and with Canon Rich-Jones, of “Statula et Comuetudines Ecclesiae Cathedralis Sarisburiensis”, 1883. He also contributed several translations from the Latin to The Hymnary, 1872. He was for many years engaged in compiling an English Dictionary of Mediaeval Latin founded on Du Cange.

The original hymns contributed by Dayman to the Sarum Hymnal are as follows:

  • Almighty Father, heaven and earth, q.v. (1867) Offertory.
  • O Lord, be with us when we sail. (1865) For use at Sea.
  • O Man of Sorrows, Thy prophetic eye. (1865) Tuesday before Easter.
  • Sleep thy last sleep. (1868) Burial.
  • Upon the solitary mountain's height. (1866) Transfiguration.
  • When the messengers of wrath. (1867) During Pestilence and Famine.
  • Who is this with garments dyed? (1866) Monday before Easter.