Samuel John Stone

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Samuel John Stone
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Samuel John Stone
Born25 April 1839
Died19 November 1900

Samuel John Stone (25 April 1839 – 19 November 1900) was an English poet, hymnodist, and a priest in the Church of England.

Life and career[edit]

Stone was born on 25 April 1839 at his father's rectory in the parish of Whitmore, Staffordshire.[1] His father, William, was a Hebrew scholar and a botanist alongside his clerical work, who had published various works including a six volume religious epic and various compilations of hymns. Samuel had one sister, Sarah, who was born two years after him.[1] When Samuel was 13 the family moved to London where his father had obtained a curacy.[1]

Following his schooling at Charterhouse he went up to Pembroke College, Oxford, gaining a BA in 1862 and being awarded an MA in 1872. He served a curacy in Windsor, Berkshire from 1862, then at St. Paul's, Haggerston from 1870, where, in 1874 he became the vicar.[1][2] He remained at Haggerston for twenty years before taking up his final post at All Hallows' London Wall also in London.[1][3]

Stone died on 19 November 1900.

He is chiefly remembered for his hymn The Church's One Foundation.

Select Bibliography[edit]


  • Deare Chylde, a Parish Idyll
  • The Knight of Intercession
  • Lays of Iona
  • Sonnets of the Sacred Year


  • Lyra Fidelium: Twelve Hymns on the Twelve Articles of the Apostles' Creed (1866)


  1. ^ a b c d e Ellerton, F.G. (1903). "A Memoir of Samuel John Stone". In Stone, S.J. (ed.). Poems and Hymns. Methuen.
  2. ^ "Samuel John Stone". Cyber Hymnal. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  3. ^ "England, London Electoral Registers, 1847-1913: Division 4.-Broad Street.-1899". FamilySearch. 14 May 2014. p. 884. Retrieved 18 August 2016.

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