Ben Jonson

Ben Jonson
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Short Name: Ben Jonson
Full Name: Jonson, Ben, 1573?-1637
Birth Year (est.): 1573
Death Year: 1637

Jonson, Benjamin, commonly known as Ben Jonson, the son of a clergyman, was born at Westminster in 1573, and educated at Westminster School, and St. John's, Cambridge. He died in London, Aug. 6, 1637. His history and dramatic abilities are well known to all students of English literature. He is known in association with hymnody mainly through his carol, "I sing the birth—was born tonight," which is still in use. It is given in his Underwoods in the 2nd vol. (folio) of his Works, 1640, and entitled "A Hymn on the Nativity of my Saviour." Two additional hymns therein, "The sinner's sacrifice" and "A Hymn to God the Father," have much merit, but are unsuited for congregational use. His Works have been edited by Gifford, and more recently by Lieut. Col. Francis Cunningham.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)

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Jonson, Ben, p. 606, i. His “Hymn to God the Father," beginning “Hear me, O God. A broken heart," is in Turing's Collection, 1882, in an abridged form.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)


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