George Hunt Smyttan

Short Name: George Hunt Smyttan
Full Name: Smyttan, George Hunt, 1822-1870
Birth Year: 1822
Death Year: 1870

George Hunt Smyttan studied at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and graduated B.A. 1845. He was ordained Deacon in 1848, Priest in 1849, and appointed Rector of Hawksworth in 1850. He has published some small volumes of poetry.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872

Smyttan, George Hunt, B.A., son of Dr. Smyttan, of the Bombay Medical Board, was born circa 1825, and educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, B.A. 1845. He took holy orders in 1848, and in 1850 was preferred to the Rectory of Hawksworth, Notts, where he died in 1870. He published Thoughts in Verse for the Afflicted, 1849; Mission Songs and Ballads, 1860; and Florum Sacra, n.d. He was the author of the well-known hymn, "Forty days, and forty nights" (p. 384, i.), and of a second which is found in several collections, "Jesu, ever present with Thy Church below" (Holy Communion), which appeared in the 2nd edition of Lyra Eucharistica, 1864.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


Smyttan, G. H., p. 1064, ii., b. in 1822; resigned the Rectory of Hawksworth, 1859, and died suddenly at Frankfort-on-the-Main, Feb. 21, 1870. The Rev. G. W. Mackenzie, Chaplain at Frankfort, has supplied us, under date of April 16, 1902, with the following pathetic details respecting the death and burial-place of Mr. Smyttan:—

He was buried, not in Frankfort great Cemetery, but in a newer one on the other side of the river Main. Having died suddenly, and being entirely unknown here, no relatives being with him, and there being no possibility of communicating with them, he was entered simply as Smyttan, England, and buried amongst the poor in an unpurchased grave. I stood before the spot to-day, but all record of him has disappeared. Another cross covers it to the memory of one who died about twenty-five years afterwards, and who is buried above Mr. Smyttan. I was informed that in (I think) sixty years hence, all traces of the various occupants will be entirely cleared away. My informant knew nothing about the cross, if any, which covered Mr. Smyttan's remains. He thought that if there were one it would have been utilised for someone else."

We may add that in Lyra Eucharistica there are three hymns by Smyttan in addition to "Jesu, ever present," p. 1064, ii. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

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