John Cosin

John Cosin
Short Name: John Cosin
Full Name: Cosin, John, 1594-1672
Birth Year: 1594
Death Year: 1672

The following note is from Bird's "Songs of the Spirit," p. 171. "Cosin was a native of Norwich, and scholar of Caius College, Cambridge; Prebend of Durham, 1624; Rector of Branspeth, 1626; in 1660, Dean and then Bishop of Durham. His 'Collection of Private Devotions for the Hours of Prayer,' much offended the Puritans, who styled it 'a book of Cozening Devotions.' This work contains ten short hymns (three of them from the Latin), which are supposed to be his.
--Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872.


Cosin, John, D.D., son of Giles Cosin, of Norwich, born at Norwich Nov. 30, 1594; educated at the Free School of that city and Caius College, Cambridge. Taking Holy Orders he became (besides holding minor appointments) Prebendary of Durham Cathedral; Rector of Brancepeth, 1626; Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge, 1634, and Vice-Chancellor of the University and Dean of Peterborough, 1640. He suffered much at the hands of the Puritans; but after the Restoration in 1660, he became Dean and then Bishop of Durham. Died at Westminster, Jan. 15, 1672. His translation of the Veni Greater Spiritus (q. v.), 44. “Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire," was included in his Collection of Private Devotions, 1627.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Texts by John Cosin (4)sort descendingAsAuthority LanguagesInstances
Come, Holy Ghost, in love, Shed on us from aboveBp. John Cosin (1594-1672) (Author)English1
Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspireJohn Cosin, 1594-1672 (Translator)English157
Creator Spirit, come inspireJ. Cosin (1594-1671) (Adapter)1
Veni creator spiritusJohn Cosin (Author)Latin1
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