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Sears, Edmund Hamilton (06 April 1810–16 January 1876), clergyman, author, and hymn writer, was born in Sandisfield, Massachusetts, the son of Joseph Hamilton and Lucy Smith, farmers. A shy and fragile boy, Sears soon found that the harsh realities of agricultural life prevented him from regularly attending school. At sixteen he briefly enrolled for several months at Westfield (Massachusetts) Academy, and a few years later he met the entrance requirements for Union College in Schenectady, New York. A diligent student, he completed his bachelor’s degree in three years, graduating in 1834....