Coffin, Charles, born at Buzaney (Ardennes) in 1676, died 1749, was principal of the college at Beauvais, 1712 (succeeding the historian Rollin), and rector of the University of Paris, 1718. He published in 1727 some, of his Latin poems, for which he was already noted, and in 1736 the bulk of his hymns appeared in the Paris Breviary of that year. In the same year he published them as Hymni Sacri Auctore Carolo Coffin, and in 1755 a complete ed. of his Works was issued in 2 vols. To his Hymni Sacri is prefixed an interesting preface. The whole plan of his hymns, and of the Paris Breviary which he so largely influenced, comes out in his words.
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Ad templa nos rursus vocat. Charles Coffin. [Sunday Morning.] In his Hymni Sacri, p. 8, ed. Paris, 1736, under the heading Die Dominica ad Laudes Matutinas. In the revised Paris Breviary of the Abp. Charles de Vintimille, 1736, it is the hymn for Sunday at Lauds; as also in the Lyons and other modern French Breviaries. Text as above, and in Card. Newman's Hymni Eccl. 1838, p. 2. [Rev. W. A. Shoults, B. D.]
Translations in common use:—
3. Again the Sunday morn, by E. Caswall, appeared in his Lyra Catholica, 1849, p. 293, and again in his Hymns and Poems, 1873, p. 223. In its original form its use is very limited, but as:—
4. Again the holy morn, it is given in several collections, including the Hymnary, 1872, No. 7, Hymns & Carols, n. d., No. 15, the Roman Catholic Hymns for the Year, n. d., No. 83, and many others. Another form based upon Caswall's translation is:—
5. When first the world sprang forth, in Kennedy, 1863, No. 701. It is probably by the editor, and is not found elsewhere.
--Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)