Mant, Richard D.D., son of the Rev. Richard Mant, Master of the Grammar School, Southampton, was born at Southampton, Feb. 12, 1776. He was educated at Winchester and Trinity, Oxford (B.A. 1797, M.A., 1799). At Oxford he won the Chancellor's prize for an English essay: was a Fellow of Oriel, and for some time College Tutor. On taking Holy Orders he was successively curate to his father, then of one or two other places, Vicar of Coggeshall, Essex, 1810; Domestic Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1813, Rector of St. Botolph, Bishopsgate, London. 1816, and East Horsley, 1818, Bishop of Killaloe, 1820, of Down and Connor, 1823, and of Dromore, 1842. He was also Bampton Lecturer in 1811. He died Nov. 2, 1848. His prose works were numerou… Go to person page >
Come, Holy Ghost, my soul inspire; Spirit of, &c. R. Mant. [Whitsuntide.] Appeared in his Holydays of the Church, &c, vol. i., 1828, pp. 317-318, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines at the close of a Meditation and Collect, which follows an account of the life and work of St. Barnabas. In 1837 it was transferred to his Ancient Hymns from the Roman Breviary, &c, as one of his "Original Hymns," No. 105, without alteration, and entitled, "Hymn to the Comforter for Faith, Hope, and Charity." It is also included in Bp. Mant's Ancient Hymns, &c, 1871. In Kennedy, 1863, No. 1180, the hymn, "Holy Ghost, my soul inspire," is this hymn in a slightly altered form. Another arrangement is:—" Holy Spirit, in my [our] breast," which was given in the enlarged edition of Morrell & How's Psalms & Hymns, 1864, No. 119.