Blest angels, while we silent lie

Blest angels, while we silent lie

Author: Thomas Ken
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Author: Thomas Ken

Thomas Ken (b. Berkampstead, Hertfordshire, England, 1637; d. Longleat, Wiltshire, England, 1711) studied at Winchester College, Hart Hall, and New College, Oxford, England. Ordained in the Church of England in 1662, he served variously as pastor, chaplain at Winchester College (1669-1679), chaplain to Princess (later Queen) Mary in The Hague, and bishop of Bath and Wells (1685-1691). He was a man of conscience and independent mind who did not shirk from confrontations with royalty. When King Charles II came to visit Winchester, he took along his mistress, the famous actress Nell Gwynne. Ken was asked to provide lodging for her. The story is told that Ken quickly declared his house under repair and had a builder take off the roof! He later… Go to person page >

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First Line: Blest angels, while we silent lie
Author: Thomas Ken
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


Blest angels, while we silent lie. This in M. W. Stryker's College Hymnal, 1897, is a cento from Bp. Ken's "Midnight Hymn," p. 620, i.

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



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College Hymnal #7

Psalms and Hymns for Public worship, Containing All the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts ... #d85

Psalms in Metre and Hymns Selected for the Use of the Parish Church of Boston #d8

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