Amos Sutton

Short Name: Amos Sutton
Full Name: Sutton, Amos, 1798-1854
Birth Year: 1798
Death Year: 1854

Sutton, Amos, D.D., was born at Sevenoaks, Kent, on Jan. 21, 1802. Though educated with a view to secular business, when about the age of 21 he felt constrained to offer himself for service in connection with the General Baptist Foreign Missionary Society. He was sent to India; and in the year 1825 was stationed at Cuttack, in the province of Orissa, where, with intervals during which he visited England and America, he laboured most usefully until his death on Aug. 17, 1854. He was gifted as a translator; and compiled an Uriya Dictionary, besides translating a number of English books into that language. He also prepared the first Uriya Hymn Book, 179 of the hymns being of his own composition. The degree of D.D. was conferred on him by the College of Waterville, U.S.A. On his visit to England in 1833 he composed a farewell hymn to the tune of “Auld lang syne"— "Hail sweetest, dearest tie tbat binds." (Parting.) It soon became very popular, and is still in common use. Another hymn written about the same time, entitled "The Macedonian Cry," is now almost forgotten. [Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A.]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)